Securing Java Web Applications


Administering the WildFly 8 Application Server – 4 Days

Course Description

This Administering the WildFly 8 Application Server training course provides hands-on and in-depth coverage on configuring and managing WildFly 8 – the latest release in the very popular JBoss® series of application servers. This course has been completely rewritten to support WildFly 8’s many new features and changes compared to the JBoss 7 server.

The IT training course is very hands-on, with brief hands-on mini-labs throughout the material which illustrate a topic and help with retention. It also includes numerous larger hands-on labs to dig deeply into a topic.

This course covers all the important administrative tasks that are required to administer this new version of the server. It starts with basic structure, architecture and installation, and moves on to working with the various management tools and deploying applications. Configuration and management of all the important services and subsystems are covered, as is security, domains, and clustering. All management tools are covered, including direct editing of XML configuration files, using the CLI (Command Line Interface), and using the Web-based Management Console. See the list of Sklls Gained and the Detailed Outline for more details.

The course is focused, informative, and created by experts in the JBoss/WildFly AS. It will demystify the many important capabilities and structure of WildFly 8, and leave you well prepared to install, configure, and manage server installations.

What You Will Learn

  • Understand WF8 architecture and JEE server structure
  • Install and configure the server
  • Understand the structure of both standalone installations and domain-based installations
  • Understand the management model and the XML configuration files
  • Use the management tools including direct editing of XML, using the CLI (Command Line Interface), scripting, and the Web management console
  • Understand deployment types and packaging (JARS, WARS, EARS …), and deploy applications
  • Understand modular classloading in WF8, and how it affects application deployment and dependencies
  • Configure and monitor the Web container
  • Configure important services, including datasources, JNDI, EJB, JMS messaging, and logging
  • Understand and configure WF8 security
  • Use monitoring tools, and identify areas for tuning
  • Understand and use clustering with WF8, including including load balancing with Apache httpd and mod_cluster
  • Understand and administer a domain of WF8 servers


Session 1: WildFly Introduction and Installation

  • Java EE Overview and Architecture
  • WF 8 Background and Overview
  • Installing and Starting WF 8
  • Working with WF 8
  • Documentation Overview

Session 2: Structure and Architecture

  • WF8 Directory and File Structure
  • Server Architecture and Configuration
    • Server Config File – Extensions, Subsystems, Schemas, Paths
    • Interfaces and Socket Bindings

Session 3: Configuration and Management – Part 1

  • Overview of Management Options
  • Understanding the Management Model and the XML Config Files
  • Using the CLI (Command Line Interface)
    • Overview
    • Navigating the Management Tree
    • Working with Operations and Commands
    • Creating/Deleting Nodes
  • Using the Management Console

Session 4: Application Deployment

  • Java EE Deployment Archives (JARs, WARs, EARs)
  • Deployment/Undeployment with the CLI and Management Console
  • Deployment Scanner – Auto-Deployment in WF 8
  • Marker Files and Auto-deployment

Session 5: Configuration and Management – Part 2

  • JBoss Modules and Modular Classloading
  • Defining a Module
  • Working with Dependencies
  • Server Logging
  • Handlers, Log Levels, Formatters and Pattern Strings
  • Configuring Application Logging
  • Configuring Audit Logging

Session 6: Subsystem Configuration

  • JNDI and Naming Overview
  • Naming Subsystem Overview and Configuration
  • Datasource and JCA Overview
  • Datasource and Driver Configuration (XML, CLI, and Admin Console)
  • Datasource Monitoring, and Tuning
  • Thread Pools – History and Current Configuration
  • Undertow Web Container
    • Undertow Overview
    • Undertow Configuration – listeners and workers (XML and CLI)
    • Host and Filter Configuration
  • The H2 Database and ExampleDS
  • EJB Container/Subsystem (SLSB Pooling, MDB, SFSB Cache, Monitoring)
  • Other Subsystems in Brief (remoting, ee, infinispan)

Session 7: Messaging in WF 8

  • Messaging and JMS (Java Message Service) Overview
  • HornetQ Overview
  • Messaging Subsystem Configuration (XML, CLI, and Admin Console)
    • General Configuration
    • Connectors and Acceptors
    • Configuring Connection Factories
    • Configuring Queues and Topics (XML, CLI, and Admin Console)
    • Monitoring and Managing
    • Address and Security Settings
  • Session 8 : Security
    • WildFly EE Security Overview
      • General Requirements
      • Security Realms and Domains
      • RBAC – Role Based Access Control
    • Management Interface Security (Security Realms, Local Access, Properties Files/LDAP, add-user
    • Application Security
      • Java EE Security Overview
      • Authentication, Authorization, Identity
      • Login Modules (Security Domains) – UsersRoles, Database, Ldap
      • Security Info Caching
    • Role-Based Access Control (Overview, Standard Roles, Configuration
    • Resource Security (TLS/SSL/HTTPS
    • The Vault – Protecting Sensitive Strings

    Session 9: Clustering and HTTP Load Balancing

    • Clustering Overview
    • WildFly 8 Cluster Overview
    • Cluster Configuration – JGroups
    • Architectures – Load Balancers and Client Interceptors (Proxies)
    • HTTP Load Balancing
      • mod_cluster Overview
      • httpd.conf Configuration
      • Installation Choices
      • modculster Subsystem Configuration
      • Management

    Session 10: WF 8 Domain Mode – A Hands-On Exploration

    • Domain Mode Overview
    • Domain Topology – Domain Controllers, Host Controllers, Server Groups
    • domain.xml – Domain Configuration, Server Groups
    • host.xml – Domain Controller
    • host.xml – Host Controllers, Processes and Server Instances
    • Management – Management Console and CLI
    • Deployment/Undeployment – via Management Console and CLI

    Session 11: Tuning and Monitoring

    • Enabling Statistics
    • Web Container (Undertow) Tuning – Statistics, Worker Threads
    • EJB Tuning – Bean Instances, Thread Pools
    • Database Access / Datasources
    • Clustering Communication and Replication
    • Monitoring Runtime Data
    • Java Virtual Machine (JVM) Awareness
      • Heap Size
      • Garbage Collection (GC) Overview and Generational GC

Labs: Minimum 50% hands-on, including mini-labs embedded in the lectures

Supported Platforms: WildFly 8.2 on both Linux and Windows Operating Systems

WildFly, formerly known as JBoss AS, or simply JBoss, is an application server authored by JBoss, now developed by Red Hat. WildFly is written in Java and implements the Java Platform, Enterprise Edition specification. It runs on multiple platforms. Wikipedia

JBoss is a registered trademark of Red Hat, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries.

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