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Test C2180-377: IBM WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V7.0, Core Administration


The test consists of seven sections containing a total of approximately 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 (13%)


  1. Illustrate the relationships between IBM WebSphere Application Server, Network Deployment, V7.0 and the application components (e.g., browser, HTTP server, proxy server, plug-in, firewall, database servers, WebSphere MQ, load balancing, ip spraying, and Tivoli Performance Viewer.)

  2. Apply design considerations of IBM WebSphere Application Server, V7.0 when installing an enterprise environment (e.g., LDAP, database servers, WebSphere messaging, etc.)

  3. Relate the various components of the IBM WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V7.0 runtime architecture.

  4. Illustrate workload management and failover strategies using IBM WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V7.0.

  5. Describe WebSphere dynamic caching features.

  6. Compare the Network Deployment (ND) cell model with the flexible management model.


Section 2 - Installation/Configuration of WebSphere Application Server (9%)


  1. Identify installation options and determine the desired configuration (e.g., silent install, etc.)

  2. Install WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V7.0 and verify the installation (e.g., Installation Verification Tool (IVT), default application (i.e., snoop and/or hitcount.))

  3. Create profiles.

  4. Troubleshoot the installation (e.g., identify and analyze log files.)

  5. Utilize installation factory and Centralized Installation Manager (CIM).


Section 3 - Application Assembly/Deployment and Cell Configuration/Resource Allocation (21%)


  1. Describe the name service management of WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V7.0 (JNDI).

  2. Package Java enterprise applications, including enhanced ear files using the Rational Assembly and Deployment Tool.

  3. Define and map security roles (e.g., Java enterprise security).

  4. Configure application resources (e.g., JCA resource adapters, connection factories, resource scoping, MDB activation specification, JDBC providers, data sources)

  5. Configure WebSphere messaging (e.g., SIBus bus members and destinations).

  6. Automate deployment tasks with scripting.

  7. Manage the plug-in configuration file (e.g., regenerate, edit, propagate, etc.).

  8. Configure class loader parameters.


Section 4 - WebSphere Application Server Security (16%)


  1. Implement security policies (e.g., authentication and authorization (using different security registries), global security, etc.) $Protect WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V7.0 resources (e.g., Java 2 security, Java EE security roles).

  2. Configure SIBus security.

  3. Define and implement administrative security roles.

  4. Configure SSL clients and servers.

  5. Implement federated repositories.

  6. Configure WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V7.0 with multiple security domains.

  7. Configure auditing.


Section 5 - Workload Management, Scalability, High Availability Failover (14%)


  1. Federate nodes (including custom profiles).

  2. Create clusters and cluster members.

  3. Configure session management (memory-to-memory, database persistence).

  4. Create and configure Data Replication Service (DRS) replication domains.

  5. Manage Web servers in a managed and unmanaged node.

  6. Manage WebSphere messaging in a clustered environment.

  7. Configure workload management via the web server plug-in


Section 6 - Maintenance, Performance Monitoring and Tuning (14%)


  1. Manage application configurations (e.g., application bindings, HTTP session tuning, etc.).

  2. Perform WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V7.0 backup, restore and configuration tasks.

  3. Tune performance of WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V7.0 (e.g., JDBC data source, configure caching, queuing and thread pooling parameters, tune JVM heap size, etc.).

  4. Use Tivoli Performance Viewer (TPV) / Request Metrics to gather information about resources and analyze results.

  5. Develop and implement a maintenance application strategy using Update Installer and/or Centralized Installation Manager (CIM) (e.g., FixPacks, cumulative fixes and interim fixes.)


Section 7 - Problem Determination


  1. Configure, review and analyze logs (e.g., Web server, IBM WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V7.0, first failure data capture (FFDC)).

  2. Use trace facility (e.g., enabling, selecting components, and log configuration).

  3. Analyze the content of the JNDI namespace using dumpNameSpace.

  4. Perform JVM troubleshooting tasks (e.g., thread dump, JVM core dump, and heap dump, verbose Garbage Collection (GC) ).

  5. Have insight to IBM Support Assistant.




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