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IBM WAS provides a variety of graphical and non-graphical user interfaces. WAS GUIs are described, as well as some key scripting and command-line tools.


Tools for installing, upgrading, and migrating

First Steps A desktop GUI from which you can start or stop the Application Server. It also provides access to the administrative console.

Launch Pad A graphical interface for launching the product installation. It also provides links to information you might need for installation.

Installation wizard A graphical interface that leads you through the process of installing the product.

Migration tools Command-line tools such as WASPreUpgrade and WASPostUpgrade, are available to help you migrate from a previous product version.


Tools for developing applications

IBM WebSphere Application Server is not an application development tool. The WebSphere Studio Application Developer product line offers development environments and tools that complement each edition of the Application Server. For more information, see Product family overview.


Tools for assembling applications

As described in Assembling or packaging, assembly is a necessary packaging and configuration step prior to deploying an application onto the server.

Assembly toolkit The application assembly tool is no longer a feature of the base WAS product beginning with Version 5.1. The assembly toolkit replaces the application assembly tool. The assembly toolkit is available on the IBM WAS Toolkit CD-ROM in the product package and at: . The assembly toolkit consists of the J2EE Perspective of the WebSphere Studio Application Developer product, including code generation capabilities.

Application Client Resource Configuration Tool

Use this tool to configure deployment descriptors that define the resources needed by application clients. For more information, see Deploying application clients on workstation platforms.

clientUpgrade Use this tool to migrate client JAR files from the J2EE 1.2 specification to the J2EE 1.3 specification.

Text editor Use your favorite text editor to edit deployment descriptors, which are XML documents.


Tools for deploying and administering

As described in Deploying, deploying involves putting an application onto a particular server.

Systems administration tools See System Administration for a description of the available systems administration tools, including the graphical WebSphere Administrative Console, the WSAdmin scripting client, and an assortment of special purpose command line tools.

LaunchClient command This command line tool starts application clients. See launchClient tool.

NameSpaceDump tool This command line interface displays the IBM WAS name space for debugging purposes. See dumpNameSpace tool.


Tools for monitoring and tuning

PMI request metrics in WebSphere Administrative Console This tool collects data by timing requests as the requests travel through components of the product. The PMI request metrics are configurable through the administrative console. The PMI request metrics log time spent in major components, such as the Web container of the Application Server. These data points are recorded in logs and can be written to Application Response Time (ARM) agents used by Tivoli monitoring tools.

Tivoli Performance Viewer This stand-alone program that monitors and analyzes Application Server data. The Tivoli Performance Viewer is built on the Performance Monitoring Infrastructure (PMI) client API, which also is exposed to third-party development tools. For more information, see Monitoring performance with Tivoli Performance Viewer (formerly Resource Analyzer) and PMI .


Tools for troubleshooting

Application Server Toolkit Included with IBM WAS, but on a separately installable CD, this kit includes debugging functionality that is built on the Eclipse workbench. See Debugging with the Application Server Toolkit.

Collector tool The Collector Tool gathers information about your WebSphere Application Server installation and packages it in a JAR file that can be sent to IBM Customer Support to assist in problem determination and analysis. For more information, see Gathering information with the Collector tool.

Log Analyzer The Log Analyzer takes one or more service or activity logs, merges all of the data, and displays the entries. Based on its symptom database, it analyzes and interprets the error conditions in the log entries to help you debug problems. Log Analyzer has a special feature enabling it to download the latest symptom database from the IBM Web site. For more information, see Log Analyzer.