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Blog : Apache Tomcat 7.0.33 released

posted by Stacey Schneider on November 26, 2012 09:43 AM

The Apache Tomcat team announces the immediate availability of Apache Tomcat 7.0.33.

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Apache Tomcat is an open source software implementation of the Java Servlet and JavaServer Pages technologies.

This release contains a small number of bug fixes and improvements compared to version 7.0.32. The notable changes include:

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Developers, Operations | Apache Tomcat 7

Blog : Escape JEE Bloat: Implement a Lightweight App Server Architecture

posted by Stacey Schneider on October 15, 2012 08:05 AM

Traditional Java EE (JEE) app servers bring complexity to the mix. In addition, they are costly and consume a lot of resources. Forrester wrote an article in 2011 about the costs saying, “Use Apache Tomcat. It is free.” IDC’s research from 2011 points how enterprises are moving “toward lower-cost application platforms that shift them closer to private, public, and hybrid cloud offerings.” Of course, you can find plenty of historical posts and debates from practitioners on costs and resources from past years.

This year at JavaOne and VMworld, we heard plenty of feedback about simplicity from architects and developers – it’s certainly been popular for a while.

So, if you are looking at middleware support for mobile apps, in-memory databases, auto- scaling, and virtual/cloud infrastructure, then you might want to check out our webinar coming up on Thursday, October 25th. In this session, we will cover quite a bit about vFabric tc Server:

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Developers, Operations | architecture, auto-recovery, auto-scale

Blog : Apache Tomcat 5.5.36 released

posted by Stacey Schneider on October 10, 2012 07:24 AM

The Apache Tomcat Team announces the immediate availability of Apache Tomcat 5.5.36.

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Apache Tomcat 5.5.36 is primarily a bug-fix release.

As per the previous end of life announcement [1] this will almost certainly be the final Apache Tomcat 5.5.x release. Users of the 5.5.x series are strongly encouraged to upgrade to at least 6.0.x and ideally 7.0.x.

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Developers, Operations | Apache Tomcat 5

Blog : Apache Tomcat 7.0.32 released

posted by Stacey Schneider on October 9, 2012 07:08 AM

The Apache Tomcat team announces the immediate availability of Apache Tomcat 7.0.32.

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Apache Tomcat is an open source software implementation of the Java Servlet and JavaServer Pages technologies.

This release contains a small number of bug fixes and improvements compared to version 7.0.30. The notable changes include:

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Developers, Operations | Apache Tomcat 7

Blog : 5 Scenarios and Best Practices for Running Multiple Instances of Tomcat or tc Server

posted by chanthing on October 8, 2012 05:25 AM

Tomcat supports multiple instances, and you should consider installing Tomcat so that a single binary runtime directory supports multiple instances as a means of adhering to security best practices.

While the documentation on multiple instances is in the RUNNNING.txt file at the root of the Tomcat binary distribution file hierarchy, many people aren’t necessarily aware of the feature or why you might use it. To provide some insight, let’s look at how this functionality works and provide some insight to the related best practice for security.

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Developers, Operations | automation, bin, CATALINA_BASE

Blog : Apache Tomcat Maven Plugin 2.0

posted by Stacey Schneider on September 17, 2012 09:43 AM

The Apache Tomcat is pleased to announce the release of the 2.0 version. This plugin can used to run your war project inside an embeded Apache Tomcat and to deploy your project to a running Apache Tomcat instance.

Documentation available: http://tomcat.apache.org/maven-plugin-2.0/index.html

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Developers, Operations | maven, Apache Tomcat 7

Blog : Apache Tomcat 7.0.30 released

posted by Stacey Schneider on September 6, 2012 02:07 PM

 

The Apache Tomcat team announces the immediate availability of Apache Tomcat 7.0.30.

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Apache Tomcat is an open source software implementation of the Java Servlet and JavaServer Pages technologies.

This release contains numerous bug fixes and improvements compared to version 7.0.29. The notable changes include:

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Developers, Operations | Apache Tomcat 7

Blog : Announcing New TomcatExpert Jobs Board

posted by Stacey Schneider on August 9, 2012 01:58 PM

The Tomcat Expert community is a project sponsored by VMware SpringSource aimed to help improve enterprise adoption of Apache Tomcat. Over the past two years, we’ve put out nearly a hundred unique articles from our pool of experts to help users understand more about how Tomcat works and how you can use it more effectively to power business critical applications. We’ve covered new functionality in Tomcat 7, including posts on the jdbc-pool, parallel deployment, and the WebSocket implementation. We have also covered a number of other common questions ranging from the basic "Is Apache Tomcat an App Server?" to the detailed "How do I decide between mod_jk, mod_proxy_http, and mod_proxy_ajp?".

A new question we are hoping to answer for our community is, “How can I find quality candidates to help on my Tomcat deployment?” – and we aim to do this by offering the ability for employers to post available tomcat jobs, as well as the ability for members to find jobs and to apply for them directly from our community site.

For Employers

Users will need to create a login account in order to access the job posting form. Users can post an unlimited number of jobs, however until a job poster earns enough karma, each job will need to be approved by a tomcatexpert administrators to ensure the job feed is filled with quality jobs. Jobs should be related directly to the configuration, management and operation of Apache Tomcat; however, the roles can go beyond the traditional system administration and web operations roles to include java or Spring developers, instructors, technical sales engineers, and software product or architect roles that depend on Apache Tomcat. Employers have the option to have TomcatExpert email candidate submissions which include links to the candidate’s TomcatExpert profile, or to be redirected to your company’s submission process.

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Developers, Executives | Contributor, Jobs, Tomcat 7

Blog : Migrating Applications from Websphere or Weblogic to vFabric TC Server – July 24th at 2pm ET

posted by Stacey Schneider on July 17, 2012 07:25 AM

EMC Consulting is hosting a customer facing webinar covering heavyweight to tcServer migration. The objective is to drive vFabric product and joint service revenue.

Migrating Java applications from Websphere or Weblogic to vFabric TC Server helps IT to reduce the cost and complexity of applications. Bruce Snyder will share best practices and use real life examples to explain how to transform your applications quickly and easily. Learn More/Register Now

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Developers, Executives | java, tc Server

Blog : Enabling SSL Communication and Client Certificate Authentication between Apache Web Server and Apache Tomcat

posted by jfullam on July 9, 2012 07:56 PM

Secure Socket Layer, or SSL, certificates are frequently used to confirm the identity of a server before consuming its services and to secure communications with the server. Typically, when an Apache web server is used to load balance requests to one or more Apache Tomcat servers (including VMware’s commercial version, tc Server), the SSL encryption and certificate authentication is terminated at the web server. Communication between the Apache web server and Tomcat is then trusted and in clear text.

However, there are organizational security policies and B2B scenarios that could mandate secure communication between Apache web server and Tomcat. Furthermore, it could be important to restrict access to Tomcat to known instances of Apache web server.

This tutorial will provide details for a configuration option that enables SSL communication and client certificate authentication between Apache Web Server and Tomcat.

At a high level, this tutorial provides instructions to

    1. Encrypt communication with Tomcat
    2. Restrict communication with Tomcat to known clients
    3. Configure Apache web server to proxy requests to Tomcat using SSL
    4. Configure Apache web server to use a specific client certifica te to authenticate with Tomcat

 

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Developers, Operations | authentication, client certificate, communication

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