Just enough Web Space Server
By Brian Leonard on Jun 30, 2009
I was poking around with the Just enough Operation System (JeOS) delivery form of OpenSolaris, when I found the Web Space Server project built on top of that platform. The Web Space Server project is based on the Liferay Portal and it has been packaged up nicely into a variety of virtual machines for both VirtualBox and VMware.
For this example I grabbed the OVF (Open Virtualization Format) which is designed for packaging up such appliances and was a snap to import into VirtualBox (File > Import Appliance):
When the import is complete, go ahead and start the WebSpaceServer. As this is a "just enough" distribution of OpenSolaris, there is no GUI. When the machine boots up, it will give you the HTTP address of the server, which in my case is 10.0.1.14:
Note, the machine takes anywhere from 5-10 minutes to complete service startup. To monitor its progress, you can log in using template / template.
One thing you probably want to do right off bat is enable ssh so you can log into the server remotely:
svcadm enable ssh
Then, from another host:
bleonard@opensolaris:~$ ssh email@example.com The authenticity of host '10.0.1.14 (10.0.1.14)' can't be established. RSA key fingerprint is 7c:6d:df:62:e2:ec:1f:a5:d7:2a:5f:3f:72:9a:ac:45. Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)? yes Warning: Permanently added '10.0.1.14' (RSA) to the list of known hosts. Password: Last login: Tue Jun 30 03:55:15 2009 Welcome to a Sun GlassFish Web Space Server and OpenSolaris virtual machine image. Use of this virtual machine image is subject to the license terms found in /etc/notices. template@webspace:~$
You need to wait for the GlassFish server to finish starting up. You can check the domain2 SMF service:
template@webspace:~$ svcs -l domain2 fmri svc:/application/SUNWappserver/domain2:default name Appserver Domain Administration Server enabled true state offline next_state online state_time Tue Jun 30 04:35:59 2009 logfile /var/svc/log/application-SUNWappserver-domain2:default.log restarter svc:/system/svc/restarter:default contract_id 46 dependency require_all/none svc:/milestone/network:default (online) dependency require_all/none svc:/system/filesystem/local:default (online)
Here you can see its current state is offline, but it's transitioning to online. You can tail the server log file to track its progress:
tail -f /opt/webspace/glassfish2/domains/domain2/logs/server
Ultimately, you'll see a line like the following:
[#|2009-06-30T11:44:37.899+0000|INFO|sun-appserver2.1|javax.enterprise.system.core|_ThreadID=10;_ThreadName=main;|Application server startup complete.|#
Once that is complete, you can then browse to the server. It has a professional home page with links to try the Web Space Server and a Quick Start Tour. Webmin is also included for managing MySQL and OpenSolaris.
- Web Space Server 10 VM Template
- GlassFish Web Space Server
- Download Sun GlassFish Web Space Server 10 VM Template 1.0 for Multi-Platform, English
- Sun GlassFish Web Space Server 10.0 Documentation Set
- OpenSolaris JeOS Project