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The NEW WebLogic Server Remote Console

Monica Riccelli
Product Manager

We are very excited to announce the release of the WebLogic Server Remote Console (remote console).  The remote console is a modern, lightweight, open-source console that you can use to manage and monitor your WebLogic Server 12.2.1.3, 12.2.1.4 and 14.1.1 domains.  It is offered as an alternative to the WebLogic Server Administration Console (administration console) web application, which Oracle continues to support. In the remote console GitHub project https://github.com/oracle/weblogic-remote-console you will find the “How to get Started” guide and documentation.

The remote console is an application that runs on your local desktop and can connect to a WebLogic Server domain running in a physical or virtual machine, in a container, in Kubernetes, or in the Oracle Cloud. You simply start the console application, display the console UI in your browser, and connect to the Administration Server of the WebLogic Server domain using WebLogic Server REST APIs.  The remote console is a new option for managing WebLogic Server that provides a number of key benefits:

  • It starts up fast

The remote console application is built on Helidon, a set of Java libraries for building lightweight applications and microservices, including microservices that interact with WebLogic Server.  Go to helidon.io for more information.

  • It provides a modern look and feel for WebLogic administrators

See the screenshot below. The UI has been redesigned using the Oracle Alta UI Design system and the Oracle Redwood theme included with Oracle JavaScript Extension ToolKit (JET). While basic navigation is similar to the current administration console, monitoring and configuration information is more clearly separated. Common UI features such as shopping carts are leveraged. 

 

  • You can use a single remote console to connect to multiple WebLogic Server domains

The remote console can connect to the administration server in a WebLogic Server domain, with the credentials supplied by the user, using WebLogic REST APIs.  The user connects to a single domain at any point in time, but can also connect, over time or at different points in time, to multiple WebLogic Server domains, running in physical machines, VMs, containers or Kubernetes to perform administration tasks.

  • Smaller WebLogic Server footprint

If you use the remote console, you don’t need to run the administration console on WebLogic Server instances, and you don’t need to install it.  To install WebLogic Server without the administration console, use WebLogic Server “slim” installers available on OTN or OSDC. Slim installers reduce the size of WebLogic Server downloads, installations, Docker images and Kubernetes pods.  For example, a WebLogic Server 12.2.1.4 slim installer download is about 180 MB.

 

The remote console is fully supported in production with WebLogic Server 12.2.1.3, 12.2.1.4, and 14.1.1.  For more information on support for the remote console please refer to My Oracle Support Document 2759056.1.

As stated above, the remote console can be used to manage deployments on physical machines or VMs without containers or Kubernetes present.   However, because the WebLogic Server Remote Console is implemented in open source, and because we expect the remote console to be attractive for WebLogic Server Kubernetes users, we are including the remote console in the group of open source tools that are part of the WebLogic Kubernetes ToolKit.   We continue to provide tooling to make it simple to configure, monitor, provision, deploy, and manage WebLogic domains with the goal of providing the greatest degree of flexibility for where these domains can run.  We hope you will use the WebLogic Server Remote Console and we look forward to your feedback. 

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