Core group settings

Use this page to create a core group or to edit an existing core group. A core group is a component of the high availability manager function. It can contain standalone servers, cluster members, node agents and the deployment manager. A core group must contain at least one node agent or the deployment manager.

Before you create a core group understand the relationship of core groups in a high availability environment and know how you intend to use each core group.

To view this administrative console page, click Servers > Core groups > Core group settings > New or Select an existing core group for editing.

On the Configuration tab, one can edit fields. On the Runtime tab, one can look at read-only information.

After you specify your core group settings, click Apply before defining additional properties or setting up a core group bridge.

Extended information about the core group fields:

Configuration Tab:


This field can only be edited when you create new core groups.

If you are defining a new core group, specify a name that is unique name among the existing core groups. It is helpful to other WebSphere Application Server administrators if the name helps define the use of this core group and if it is consistent with the names of the other core groups in the cell.

This field can contain alpha and numeric characters. The following characters cannot be used in this field

#  \  /  ,  :  ;  "  *  ?  <  >  |  =  +  &  %  '

Also, the name cannot begin with a period (.) or a blank space. A blank space does not generate an error. However, leading and trailing blank spaces are automatically deleted.

For example, DefaultCoreGroup is the name of the core group that contains the deployment manager server process.


Use this optional field to include a description of the core group. In environments where there are multiple system administrators this field can help these administrators understand the overall organization of the core groups. The supported length of this field is quite large. However, long descriptions take time to load and can cause a delay when displaying the page.

Example: "Default Core Group. The default core group cannot be deleted." is the description of the DefaultCoreGroup.

Number of coordinators

The coordinator is a component in each server in a core group that provides the service functionality of the high availability manager. The coordinator for a core group determines membership and communicates state and status to the other members of the core group.

The default value is one coordinator, although multiple coordinators are advisable for large core groups. All of the group data must fit in the memory of the allocated coordinators. One coordinator can run out of memory in a system with a large core group, which can cause the system to work improperly.

Transport type

The transport type is a required field that specifies the type of network communication your core group uses to communicate to members and to other core groups. The following transport options are available:


CHANNEL_FRAMEWORK is the default transport type. It uses the channel framework topology to incorporate port reusability and shared port technology into the communication system.


UNICAST is a targeted network model that focuses on a direct recipient for communication. This type of communication is most suitable when the intended message is sent to a specific set of recipients.


MULTICAST consists of a broadcast network model. This model broadcasts communication across the defined network, depending upon the values that are provided for the multicast settings. Multicast settings are suitable when there are many recipients for the intended message; otherwise broadcast communication tends to overload the network with traffic, and can impact performance goals.

Channel chain name

Name of the channel chain if CHANNEL_FRAMEWORK is selected for transport type.

MULTICAST settings

Specifies the following settings if a multicast transport type is used:

  • Multicast port

    The port setting tells the coordinator where to scan for transmissions. When setting this value, verify that you are specifying a port that is not used by another network communication device. Setting a port value that has conflicts causes problems with your high availability manager infrastructure.

  • Multicast group IP start

    Specify the starting Internet Protocol (IP) address of the intended communication area.

  • Multicast group IP end

    Specify the ending IP address of the intended communication area. Plan the network to accommodate scalability.

Additional properties

Core group servers

Use to display the server processes that belong to the core group. Server processes include the deployment manager, node agents, application servers, and cluster members. Use the panel that displays to move server processes to a different core group.

Custom properties

Use to define custom properties to be used for configuration purposes.


Use to define the policies that the coordinator servers use to select the active members of a core group. You can select from existing policies, or create new custom policies.

Preferred Coordinator Servers

Use to designate core group servers as preferred coordinator servers.

Related topics

Core group bridge

Click on to specify core group bridge communication settings between core groups.

Runtime Tab:

Group name properties

Specify one or more name=value pairs as the match criterion for a high availability group. If you specify more than one name=value pair, use a comma to separate the pairs. You can specify an asterisk (*) to obtain the selected information for all of the high availability groups within this core group.

When a WAS component creates a new high availability group, it establishes a map of that group's properties as the group name. This map is used to uniquely identify that high availability group.

After you specify a match criterion or an asterisk:

  • Select Calculate to determine how many high availability groups have names that match this match criterion.

  • Select Show groups to view a list of the currently running high availability groups that match this match criterion. For each group, this list indicates:

    • Its high availability group name

    • Whether or not quorum has been enabled

    • The policy that is associated with the high availability group. If more than one policy is listed for a high availability group, change the match criterion for one or more of your policies so that only one policy is associated with this high availability group.

    • Its status (either the OK icon or the Error icon). If only one policy is listed in the Policy column, the OK icon is displayed in the Status column. If more than one policy is listed Policy column, the Error icon is displayed in the Status column.

  • Select Show severs to view a list of servers which are hosting active members of the high availability groups that match the specified Group name properties. For each server, this list indicates:

    • The names of the servers which are hosting the active high availability group members.

    • The name of the node on which these servers resides.

    • The version of the WAS product on which these servers are running.

    • The number of high availability group members that are currently active on these servers.

Example: Suppose the following high availability groups are defined for a core group:

  • Component A uses the following properties for its group name: [ name=compA, policy=oneofN, owner=smith ]

  • Component B uses the following properties for its group name: [ name=compB, policy=MofN, owner=smith ]

  • Component C uses the following properties for its group name: [ name=compC, policy=oneofN, owner=smith ]

If you specify policy=oneofN in the Group name properties field and then select Show groups, the groups for components A and C are listed.

If you specify owner=smith in the Group name properties field and then select Show groups, the groups for components A, B and C are listed.

If you specify all of component C's name properties in the Group name properties field


Then select Show groups, only the group for component C is listed.

Note that the properties are separated by commas. There are no blank spaces.




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