Welcome to BEA WebLogic Server 7.0! As the #1 Web application server, WebLogic Server implements J2EE 1.3 technologies, Web services, and other leading Internet standards to provide a reliable framework for highly available, scalable, and secure e-business applications.


Advice for Administrators

For installation, upgrade, or administration tasks, here are some important changes:

New Installer and Menus

A new installer and configuration tool simplifies the process, and the menu items have changed. To open a Console, start a server and set a browser to localhost:7001/console.

New Domain Configuration and Directory Structure

A new directory structure lets you generate pre-configured domains in any location. Also the locations of the examples and petstore domains have changed.

Unified User Profiles

Administrators can use multiple LDAP data stores to build a unified user profiling system. ACLs can be converted automatically to the LDAP-based technology.

Console Enhancements

Improvements to the Administration Console include new server health monitoring metrics; an interface to support massive deployments; additional control over server startup and shutdown; and support for multiple Network Interface Cards (NICs).

Upgrade Information

How to upgrade WebLogic Server and your WebLogic Server applications.

  Release Notes

What's new, plus known and resolved problems for this BEA WebLogic Server release.


Tips for Developers

Try out the new features:

Use the New Developer Tools

WebLogic Workshop empowers business application developers to create, test, and deploy enterprise-class Web service applications. You don't have to be a J2EE expert to build Web services with WebLogic Workshop -- our simple visual development tool makes it easy to access enterprise resources and other Web services. Because WebLogic Workshop is built on top of BEA WebLogic Server, your Web services are ready to deploy on a BEA WebLogic Server within your organization.

WebLogic Builder prepares Java files for quick deployment to the application server, and WebLogic EJBGen combines numerous EJB deployment files into one, simplifying development and maintenance.

  Try Out the New Web Services Features

Web services support user-defined data types and one-way asynchronous operations. A Web service can intercept SOAP messages for further processing. New Ant tasks automatically generate important components and package the service into a deployable EAR file. A new Web service deployment descriptor file completely describes a Web service.

Investigate the New Security Infrastructure

A completely redesigned security framework exposes a set of fully implemented Service Provider Interfaces for authentication, authorization, auditing, and PKI management. Modules from third-party security vendors can plug right into the WebLogic Server framework. A new role-based authorization module can be applied to all J2EE and non-J2EE resources. An embedded entitlement engine makes it easy to create prose-based rules for dynamically assigning roles and access privileges.

Access COM Objects

WebLogic jCOM is a bi-directional COM-Java bridging tool that developers can use to access Component Object Model (COM) components as though they were Java objects, and to access pure Java objects as if they were COM components.

Cache JSPs, Pages, URLs, and File Types

The CacheFilter enables you to configure caching for entire pages, URLS, JSPs, and certain file types. Because cache filters act on forwards() and includes(), they allow you to cache forwarded and included pages from a jsp/servlet. Use cache filters to improve the performance of your applications.

Enhance Availability and Cluster Failover

Use the new Java Message Service (JMS) distributed destinations feature to map a single virtual destination to a set of physical destinations on multiple servers within a cluster.

Connect with Message Service Providers

The new foreign message service bridge connects WebLogic JMS with third-party message service providers.


Hints for Evaluators

To explore this latest release, check out:

What's New


An introduction to WebLogic Server and WebLogic Workshop features and the J2EE application architecture.

BEA Resources for Learning

The Pet Store sample application demonstrates WebLogic Server features. Pet Store is available from the Start menu.

Code examples for WebLogic Server, if installed, are available from the Start menu.

Support and AskBEA



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