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Web container settings

Use this page to configure the web container settings. From the console...

    Servers > Server Types > WebSphere application servers > server_name

> Web Container Settings > Web container .

Default virtual host

Specifies a virtual host that enables a single host machine to resemble multiple host machines. Resources associated with one virtual host cannot share data with resources associated with another virtual host, even if the virtual hosts share the same physical machine.

Select a virtual host option:


The product provides a default virtual host with some common aliases such as the machine IP address, short host name, and fully qualified host name. The alias comprises the first part of the path for accessing a resource such as a servlet. For example, it is localhost:9080 in the http://localhost:9080/myServlet.


This virtual host option is another name for the application server; also known as server1 in the base installation. This process supports the use of the admin console.


The virtual host called proxy_host, includes default port definitions, port 80 and 443, which are typically initialized as part of the proxy server initialization. Use this proxy host as appropriate with routing rules associated with the proxy server.

Enable servlet caching

Specifies that if a servlet is started once and it generates output to be cached, a cache entry is created containing not only the output, but also side effects of the invocation. These side effects can include calls to other servlets or JSP files, as well as metadata about the entry, including timeout and entry priority information.

Portlet fragment caching requires that servlet caching is enabled. Therefore, enabling portlet fragment caching automatically enables servlet caching. Disabling servlet caching automatically disables portlet fragment caching.

Disable servlet request and response pooling

Specifies to disable the pooling of servlet request and servlet response objects that are pooled by the web container. When you disable pooling of servlet request and servlet response objects, new servlet request and servlet response objects are created for each request.

When you disable pooling of servlet request and servlet response objects, new servlet request and servlet response objects are created for each request, which can negatively affect performance, but provides protection from any unforeseen pooling bugs.

Number of timeout threads

Number of threads that are available to handle asynchronous servlet timeout operations per server.

The default of two might be too low if we have many applications using asynchronous servlets that often have timeouts.

Default timeout

Default asynchronous servlet timeout for the server.

The default of 30 seconds can be lowered if responses are not being received quickly enough and there is a viable fall back in the error case. We can raise the value if too many timeouts are being received and the longer timeout produces responses in an acceptable manner to the client. The units are in millisecond, so multiply the number by 1000 to convert to seconds.

To configure at a higher granularity, use the AsyncContext setTimeout method programmatically.

Use thread pool to start Runnable objects

Select this option to use the same thread pool where the request originates. This option does not propagate any context from the original request.

Use a work manager to start Runnable objects

Select this option to use an Asynchronous Beans work manager to start the runnable. This option is the default selection. The work manager option propagates any context that is configured for the selected work manager. This option also requires selecting the JNDI name of the work manager that you will use.

Considerations when using a work manager:

Cache instances
Class loaders
Server collection
Task overview: Using the dynamic cache service to improve performance
Configure servlet caching


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