The test consists of nine sections containing a total of 56 multiple-choice questions. The percentages after each section title reflect the approximate distribution of the total question set across the sections.
Section 1 - Architecture (9%)
- Identify the components and services in a WebSphere Application Server and describe how they are related or interact.
- Recommend the appropriate WebSphere Application Server topology (e.g., flexible management, mixed platform topology, network deployment cells).
- Apply appropriate design considerations when architecting topologies to achieve stability, redundancy, and fault tolerance.
- Demonstrate an understanding of how client requests traverse various WebSphere Application Server topologies.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the administration flow for a network deployment cell.
Section 2 - Installation, Configuration and Maintenance (13%)
- Demonstrate an understanding of the IBM Installation Manager and its role in installing, configuring, and maintaining WebSphere application servers and components both locally and remotely.
- Perform pre-installation verification and troubleshoot the installation (e.g., identify and analyze log files, Installation Verification Tool (IVT)).
- Illustrate the silent installation process for the WebSphere Application Server software and fix pack installations.
- Create and manage profiles.
- Create and manage nodes in a WebSphere topology (e.g., flexible management, network deployment cell).
- Backup and restore a configuration.
- Demonstrate understanding of administrative task required to take an application deployed to the Liberty profile and deploy it on a WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment instance.
Section 3 - Application Management (Assembly, Deployment and Configuration) (11%)
- Explain the structure of enterprise application.
- Deploy enterprise applications to a WebSphere Application Server environment both manually and using scripts.
- Describe the differences between enterprise applications and business level applications (OSGi, SCA).
- Configure application resources (e.g., data sources, JNDI, class paths, J2C providers) as required by an enterprise application.
- Use the IBM Assembly and Deploy Tools (IADT) or WebSphere Developer Tools (WDT) to examine and manipulate application EAR files.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the WebSphere batch components and deploy batch applications.
Section 4 - Administrative Tools (14%)
- Illustrate the usage of the IBM Solution Console (ISC) and its various tools (e.g., command assistance, runtime messages).
- Use the standard set of command line administrative tools (wsadmin, profile management, plug-in generation, etc).
- Demonstrate an understanding of the capabilities of the Job Manager tooling.
- Use scripting to perform administrative tasks (e.g. scripting libraries, automation, ws_ant, wsadmin).
- Write, test, and debug scripts by using IBM Assembly and Deploy Tools (IADT), Rational Application Developer or Eclipse.
- Configure a WebSphere Application Server runtime using properties files.
- Demonstrate an understanding of WebSphere Application Server Developer Tools plug-in.
Section 5 - Security (14%)
- Configure user repositories (e.g., federated, standalone LDAP, local OS).
- Configure SSL for clients and servers (e.g., create certificates, populate trust stores, modify certificate expiration).
- Enable security auditing and examine audit data output.
- Discuss the implications of resource security settings.
- Implement multiple security domains.
- Apply administrative security roles.
- Configure LTPA and SSO.
- Harden WebSphere Application Server security.
Section 6 - Clustering and Workload Management (9%)
- Configure the HTTP server and the WebSphere Application Server plug-in.
- Configure clusters in a workload management topology.
- Configure distributed session management for high availability and failover scenarios.
- Configure messaging engine policies for clustered service integration bus (SIBus) members.
- Configure high availability using core groups.
Section 7 - Intelligent Management and Resiliency (9%)
- Explain the dynamic cluster elasticity feature and its possible configurations and variations and the usage scenarios.
- Create and configure On Demand Routers (ODR) and associated service policies to enable the dynamic operations.
- Use health policies and actions to monitor and react to changing performance in the environment.
- Configure and maintain application editions.
- Demonstrate the resiliency features of messaging.
Section 8 - Performance Monitoring and Tuning (11%)
- Use the Tivoli Performance Viewer (TPV) to monitor the WebSphere Application Server runtime.
- Use the Tivoli Performance Viewer (TPV) Advisor and the Diagnostic Advisor to obtain advice on performance issues.
- Identify the configuration settings (e.g., JVM settings, connection pools, thread pools) that affect WebSphere Application Server performance.
- Use appropriate tools to tune, test and analyze performance parameters.
- Use the Performance Monitoring Infrastructure (PMI) metrics and poll MBeans for performance data.
- Configure and monitor the WebSphere Application Server caching mechanisms.
Section 9 - Problem Determination (11%)
- Enable high performance extensible logging (HPEL) and view HPEL data.
- Enable Cross Component Trace (XCT) and view trace data in XCT Log Viewer.
- Use administrative tools to trigger and analyze heap dumps, javacore dumps, and verbose Garbage Collection (GC).
- Configure diagnostic tracing.
- Use the IBM Support Assistant to analyze diagnostic data or submit data to IBM Support.
- Configure, review and analyze logs (e.g., First Failure Data Capture (FFDC), system logs, native logs) via the IBM Solution Console (ISC) and command line tools.