Wednesday Mar 02, 2011

GlassFish Server Load Balancing Plugin Installation & Setup

With the recent launch of Oracle GlassFish Server 3.1, we have made some significant improvements to our clustering implementation such as improved performance and smarter failover.

However, clustering is pretty useless without a means to failover from a failed node to an active node - with the user being oblivious to the failure.  The good news is that we have also updated GlassFish Server Control to include the Load Balancer Configurator and load balancing plugin.  Check out the compatibility matrix for supported web servers and platforms (.xls).

To help those who want to use the GlassFish Server load balancing plugin, I've recorded a 30 minute tutorial/demo broken into 5 parts.  Feel free to view all 5 parts or simply view the ones that cover new territory.  Warning, brevity is not my strength since this demo could have been done in a few minutes :-)  It is best to watch the content in high definition video, of course.

Individual links here:

  1. Demo introduction and software download
  2. GlassFish Server installation and cluster setup
  3. Oracle iPlanet Web Server installation and setup
  4. Load Balancer Plugin Installation and setup
  5. Test Load Balancer & failover

Also, check out the blog post Kshitiz has written on the topic as well as the documentation.

Hope this helps!


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