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Knowledge Base : Apache Tomcat Tips and Tricks from the Pros

posted by admin on December 14, 2011 02:26 PM

For development and operations teams, a presentation that covers undocumented secrets of Apache Tomcat with various tips and tricks for managing Tomcat.

Do you spend too much time sifting through Google results to find answers to your Apache Tomcat Questions? Now is your chance to learn undocumented secrets of Apache Tomcat. If you are using or considering using Apache Tomcat and would like to improve your knowledge, join Apache experts and committers Mark Thomas and Filip Hanik as they outline the top Tips and Tricks to make management and administration of Apache Tomcat easier, faster and more productive.

 

EMBEDDED PRESENTATION SLIDES (i.e. user can click “Next” thru slides)

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Blog : Tomcat Expert's Top 10 of 2010

posted by joannad on December 30, 2010 08:53 PM

2010 has been an exciting year for the Tomcat Expert community site. Created by the Apache Tomcat Experts at SpringSource, Tomcat Expert was launched in March to improve the adoption, performance and value of Apache Tomcat for enterprise users. After almost ten months of operation, we’ve been able to provide you with content from Tomcat Expert Contributors weighing in on top Apache Tomcat news and topics, including several relating to June's release of Tomcat 7.0.0 Beta, the first Tomcat 7 release.  As the year winds down, we've put together a list of the most popular blog posts of the year. Additionally, we're asking you to tell us what topics you'd like to see covered more in 2011 with a content request form below. 

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Ask the Experts : Apache to Apache Tomcat forwarding not working properly

asked by Technext

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You have a few problems, the cause of them is not entirely clear.

One thing to bear in mind is this: when you're using Apache HTTPD in front of Tomcat, if you can get it working under normal HTTP then configuring HTTPS should be simple.

HTTP and HTTPS in Apache HTTPD are treated as separate VirtualHosts, so it should just be a case of ensuring that whatever configuration you've applied to the HTTP virtual host is also applied to the HTTPS host.

This can be achieved with ease, by placing all of the mod_jk or mod_proxy (in your case) configuration in an external file and using the 'include' mechanism.

The HTTP address you provide is using the port 8080, which Tomcat specifies as the default port for it's own HTTP connector - suggesting that you're not connecting via Apache HTTPD when you make that request.

The ProxyPass statements point both /abc and / to the same path, which is a subpath of the application /abc - this seems unusual.  I'd expect to see the path http://server:8080/abc, without the '/implement' extension, this may be the source of some of the missing images.

The last issue, regarding the message "line 56 Object expected" is likely to be a Javascript problem, possibly caused by a script file experiencing the same 404 as the images.

In order to debug the problem, it would be better to start with a fresh configuration - discard whatever you have so far, or copy it to a backup.

The Fiddler or ieHttpHeader plugins for Internet Explorer will make it easier to examine which resources are, or are not being served correctly.

You will need to examine both the Apache HTTPD and Tomcat access logs to see which server is serving each request and check that the result is the expected one.

Configure the HTTP instance and test it thoroughly before attempting the HTTPS configuration.

answered by pidster on June 16, 2011 11:39 AM

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Blog : Apache Tomcat Support: Part Four- ApacheTomcat Self Support and Apache Tomcat Vendors Support

posted by avanabs on April 21, 2010 09:09 AM

We've been discussing the various support options, including community support, available for Apache Tomcat, and contrasting those to Commercial JEE Application Server Support options. In this final blog in the series, we're focusing on the remaining two Tomcat Options, Self Support and Vendor Support agreements.

Tomcat Self Support

The second option is supporting Tomcat within the IT organization. In this case, the IT organization must have significant Tomcat expertise on staff and they provide much/all of the support to the various users within the organization. Both the level of expertise required and the challenges of providing that for 24x7x365 mission critical applications are neither simple nor inexpensive.

Less understood is that server infrastructure software is inherently different from application software. It’s a specialty within the software industry; relatively few programmers have the skills and expertise to deal with the kinds of problems found within operating systems and application containers. Realistically, it takes a substantial scale of operations to make this option viable, but for very large organizations, the cost savings and ability to control the process may make self support worthwhile.

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Blog : Apache Tomcat Support Options: Part Three-Understanding Community Support

posted by avanabs on April 15, 2010 10:23 AM

In prior entries, we’ve discussed Commercial JEE Application Server Support, the reasons this support is so costly, and began discussions focusing on the support differences between Tomcat and commercial JEE Application Servers. Now we’ll explore the three general types of Tomcat support that are available and dig into the most common choice, Community Support.

Tomcat Server Support Options

Tomcat users have three options available for support:

  • Community Support—The Apache Tomcat distribution is “supported” by the Tomcat community, on a volunteer basis. Repairs/enhancements are made (or accepted) by the Project Management Committee and committers (see below for details) on a best efforts basis, with no guarantees of either resolution or timeliness. Community support depends on the user doing some of the work, with the community providing expert advice.
  • Self Support—IT organizations can also support Tomcat themselves, by taking the source distribution, becoming sufficiently expert, and repairing/enhancing their copy of Tomcat. They may provide these back to the community if desired, and the community may accept the submissions if they decide that they meet broad customer needs and community technical standards. Self supporting organizations also can take advantage of the Tomcat community, although with the same limitations faced by the Community Support strategy. Self support does create the possibility of generating a branch in the Tomcat code, which may matter to some IT organizations.
  • Vendor Support—IT organizations can also purchase support from one of the Tomcat vendors, who already have the expertise and may already be active in the Apache community. In this case, the IT organization is outsourcing the Tomcat internals expertise, learning curve, community relationship activities, maintenance, test, and platform integration.

    Vendor support for Tomcat is similar to commercial JEE application server support in several ways, including outsourcing much of the detailed expertise and depending on the vendor to meet responsiveness guarantees. The huge difference is choice, leading to far more cost effective solutions in a competitive marketplace.

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Knowledge Base : Performance Tuning Apache Tomcat for Production

posted by SpringSource on April 8, 2010 12:06 PM

For development and operations teams, a presentation that covers performance tuning Tomcat and the JVM alongside configuration options, load balancing, and more.

In this webinar, Apache Tomcat committers Mark Thomas and Filip Hanik discuss performance tuning Apache Tomcat for your production environment. This webinar focuses on Tuning Tomcat and the JVM to correctly handle your application including usage patterns, hardware and network topology. You’ll learn when and how to apply the different tuning and configuration options as well as understanding load balancers and how they can impact your configuration settings. Also discussed: the impact of clustering and replication on your environment.

 

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Blog : Apache Tomcat Support Options: Part Two-Comparing Commercial JEE Support to Apache Tomcat Support

posted by avanabs on April 8, 2010 09:18 AM

Proprietary Closed Source Application Server Support

The major JEE Application Server vendors offer sophisticated, feature rich, products sold under vendor licenses, together with providing annual maintenance support agreements. While it may not be strictly mandatory (salesmen often tell the customer that it is…commissions on support are very high) for the customer to purchase a support agreement, virtually 100% of the customers do. Since these products are based on proprietary closed source software technology, only those with access to the vendor’s source code can provide maintenance or enhancements to the product. Given the choice of forgoing support, patches, and upgrades, or of paying for the vendor’s maintenance agreement, customers pay, and pay, and pay.

There are third parties providing consulting services and training, but anything involving the internals of the Application Server is inaccessible. Hardly surprisingly, software vendors use this leverage to their best advantage, making maintenance the most profitable portion of their businesses.

JEE Application Server Economics

The JEE Application Server vendors offer multiple levels of products with software Iicense list pricing/CPU varying from just under $5,000 to over $25,000. It is also common for these list prices to be heavily discounted during the purchase negotiations, particularly for large volume customers. Additionally, many major customers enter into Enterprise License Agreements (ELA) which provides them even more advantageous bulk pricing.

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Blog : Apache Tomcat Support Options: Part One

posted by avanabs on April 7, 2010 07:43 AM

One area that is getting a lot of attention in these days of "do more with less" is the cost of infrastructure maintenance. Many studies show that maintaining software is much more expensive over it's life cycle than purchasing/building it in the first place, so IT management is looking at these costs with renewed interest. The issue turns out to be a bit more complex than it originally appears, although one thing that leaps out is that all of the options for supporting Tomcat are far better than the options we all had with commercial JEE Application Servers. First, let's look at what we mean by "support". In this series of blogs, I'll be sharing some thoughts about the various supportions available for Tomcat, as well as contrasting those with the JEE commercial Application Server support situation.

Enterprise Application Server Support

While it is theoretically possible to forgo support entirely, and sometimes this is forced by software vendor failure or acquisition/product retirement, realistically IT organizations require ongoing support for their mission critical infrastructure. In this post, we will be discussing the various options available to IT organizations for supporting Tomcat environments. We will also be discussing the important differences between commercial proprietary closed source vendor JEE application server support and Apache Tomcat.

One of the most important and valuable “features” of Tomcat from the IT Operations point of view is support choice. Proprietary software can only be supported by the vendor, at that vendor’s monopolistic support pricing, while using Tomcat provides multiple viable options in a competitive support environment. Hardly surprisingly, excellent Tomcat support can therefore be obtained at much lower cost. That said, while Tomcat itself is “free”, there are real internal and external costs associated with using Tomcat as an IT infrastructure. It is important to understand these costs when comparing the various support options.

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