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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

Blog : Apache Tomcat 7.0.29 released

posted by Stacey Schneider on July 8, 2012 06:59 PM

The Apache Tomcat team announces the immediate availability of Apache Tomcat 7.0.29.

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

This release corrects a small number of regressions introduced in the 7.0.28 release and takes account of several recent clarifications from the Servlet Expert Group as well as containing a handful of bug fixes and small improvements compared to version 7.0.28. The notable changes include:

  • Add support for a default error page
  • The servlet version defined in web.xml no longer determines if Tomcat scans for annotations when the web application starts. This is now solely controlled by metadata-complete element.
  • On web application start, JARs are now always scanned for ServletContainerInitializers regardless of the setting of metadata-complete

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Developers, Operations | Apache Tomcat 7

Blog : Apache Tomcat 7.0.28 released

posted by Stacey Schneider on June 19, 2012 08:07 AM

The Apache Tomcat team announces the immediate availability of Apache Tomcat 7.0.28.

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

This release is includes may improvements as well as a number of bug fixes compared to version 7.0.27. The notable changes include:

  • The minimum required APR/native library version required if the APR/native connector is used is now 1.1.24.
  • Various fixes and improvements to WebSocket support including the use of infinite time outs by default for WebSocket connections. * Various fixes and improvements to annotation scanning.

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Developers, Operations | Tomcat 7

Blog : VMware vFabric Suite 5.1 Expands Support for Apache Tomcat 7

posted by Stacey Schneider on May 31, 2012 08:05 PM

VMware released an update to their vFabric Suite 5.1, an integrated family of components that streamline how companies build, run and manage Java / Spring applications whether on-premise or in the cloud. Several of those components include enhanced support for Apache Tomcat 7.

vFabric Hyperic

The new version of the popular web infrastructure management software, Hyperic, comes with a new plugin that adds support for Apache Tomcat 7. In addition, Hyperic also introduced support for detailed configuration history tracking that is included by default in the new Tomcat 7 plugin. This history allows administrators to not just identify that a file was changed somehow, but zero in on exactly what text was added, deleted, modified or in the case of file names, renamed. This new feature will save administrators and developers significant time when trying to troubleshoot problems and identify “what changed”. See the full post on how the latest version of Hyperic gives Apache Tomcat an Upgrade on the Hyperic blog.

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