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Creating a Websphere Server Profile

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Once completed the IBM Websphere installation process, you will be prompted to install a server profile. A Websphere server profile basically corresponds to an application server configuration.

By using a server profile you are able to keep the WAS base binaries separated from the WAS configuration. Therefore you are allowed to create several custom server configurations without affecting the base WAS binaries.

In the WAS standard installation, there are basically two kinds of profiles which can be selected:



Application server

Corresponds to a standalone application server configuration. Each standalone application server can optionally have its own administrative console which you can use to manage the application server.


A Management profile defines an administrative agent, which provides a single interface (administrative console) to administer multiple application servers.  This profile is covered in the clustering chapter.

A new profile can be created by launching the shell command. Example (Linux):


 We will detail in the following picture all the guided steps for creating an Application server Profile which uses a typical configuration:

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The above diagram reflects a Typical profile creation which uses the default configuration settings and assigns unique names to the profile, node and host as well as default server ports.

If you need to assign custom settings to your profile, then you can enter the Advanced profile creation which allows customizing all single elements which are part of the profile creation.

The profile creation tool will automatically suggest the Hostname from the OS hosts file and can be changed using the Advanced Profile creation or at a later time using the Administration console. You can use a hostname, IP address, or Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN). If you decide to change the hostname in the wizard, ensure that the change is reflected in your host file or DNS as required.

Example (linux) /etc/hosts file               node01.was.localhost

 The default profile creation will install for you IBM WAS as a start-up service on your machine, so you can easily manage your application server from your operating system service panel:

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On the other hand, if you are running Linux/Unix environment, the wizard will generate an automatic start/stop script in the init.d directories as required by the Linux run levels.