Create ODRs

We can create on demand routers (ODRs) to route requests to Intelligent Management nodes. The ODR is fully aware of the dynamic state of the cell, so that if one server in the cell fails, the requests are routed to another server. The configuration of the ODR in the DMZ is not supported.

A dmgr profile cannot be used as the target profile for an ODR. Only an application server profile can be used as the target node when creating an ODR. To collocate an ODR with a deployment manager, a separate Intelligent Management-enabled application server profile must be created and federated on the same machine as the Intelligent Management-enabled dmgr profile. We can then create an ODR within the application server profile.

The nodes hosting an ODR must be at the same level as the deployment manager.

The SIP ODR is stabilized, and is currently not recommended. Use the SIP proxy server instead.gotcha

  1. Navigate to the ODR creation wizard in the administrative console. In the administrative console, select Servers > Server types > On demand routers. Click New.

  2. Select the node on which you want the ODR to be created. The selected node is pre-populated with available nodes in the cell. If the environment is a heterogeneous mix of Intelligent Management and nodes that are running other middleware software, select a product node. If we select a node that is not running the product, the ODR does not start.

    (zos) Tip: Select a node to run the ODR that does not run any dynamic clusters, unless you are using the z/OS operating system. In a z/OS environment, we can co-locate the ODR on a node that hosts application servers.

  3. Determine whether to generate HTTP ports, SIP ports, or both. The Generate unique ports option is selected by default and is the recommended option. If we deselect this option, port conflicts might occur.

  4. Select a server template to base the new ODR. We can use an application server template on which to model the servers for the new ODR. We can use a default template or map an existing application server. Mapping preexisting ODRs can save time. We can build one ODR, apply all of the configurations that the environment needs, and use that ODR as a template.

    If we are running Intelligent Management for z/OS, ensure that the SIP option is not selected.


The ODR created automatically routes HTTP requests to product cells.

What to do next

To enable routing to another product cell, configure your cell to communicate with other product cells. You might want to configure the ODR to route work to nodes that are not running Intelligent Management nodes. After creating the ODR and apply any optional configuration parameters, we can define the ability to route work to nodes that are not running Intelligent Management. Note that the configuration of the ODR in the DMZ is not supported.

Related concepts

  • Overview of request flow prioritization
  • Topology Configurations for Multi-Cell Routing

    Related tasks

  • Create ODRs
  • Configure ODRs
  • Configure the on demand router for multi-cluster failover and load balancing routing

  • createodr.jacl script
  • Intelligent Management: administrative roles and privileges

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  • Proxy server settings