Closed Networks and the GlassFish Update Center
By pelegri on Jul 25, 2010
One of the best features about all the versions of GlassFish 3 is how easy it is to update it through the IPS-based Update Center. The same GUI and CLI tools can be used to upgrade from 3.0 to 3.0.1, to Add or Remove components and to switch from the Open Source to the Oracle's Commercial release.
The same machinery is also used to install Commercial Patches, where it provides an experience that is much easier than in v2. With the transition to Oracle it's taken a bit to get the v3 patch pipeline, but eventually you will see the same frequency as with the v2 patches.
This all normally works through the standard repositories at Oracle but sometimes your computer has limited internet connectivity, so, what do you do? The solution is to create a local repository. This is actually Very Easy to Do (tm). And a local repository is also useful for many other things.