How to Setup and Install Oracle Weblogic in CentOS 7

In this tutorial, I'll guide you on how to setup and install Oracle Weblogic on CentOS 7 operation system. Oracle Weblogic is a middleware tool that is widely used by large companies to serve applications that use Java EE as programming language. With its cool UI, proven features like coherence module (for caching purpose), database clustering (for handling multiple database connections), Oracle Weblogic shows quite impressive advantages compared to other similar tools such as Apache Tomcat, JBoss, and WebSphere. As stated by Oracle itself, WebLogic provides a complete set of services for those modules and handles many details of application behavior automatically, without requiring programming. Below is an example of where Oracle Weblogic is located in a high-level design:

Install Oracle Weblogic in CentOS 7

1. Preliminary Note

For this tutorial, I'll be using CentOS 7.4 in 64bit version. Please note that even though the configuration is made under CentOS 7, yet the steps and modification are mainly the same when using RedHat or Oracle Linux flavor. The reason I've mentioned this is most production installations for Oracle Weblogic will use Oracle Linux itself as the operating system.

By the end of this tutorial, we will have managed to bring up 2 server nodes that will act as Weblogic Managed Servers which were created by a Weblogic Admin Server. Apart from that, we will be using the Admin Server dashboard to combine both Managed Servers into a cluster group.

2. Installation Phase

As Oracle Weblogic's purpose is to serve high-performance application code in JAVA programming language, it's quite obvious that the installation for the middleware server itself would require java runtime to be built in. Therefore, for the installation prerequisite, we will need to install JAVA package into our admin server and the two managed nodes. The steps are like below:

[[email protected]_mgr opt]# wget --no-cookies --no-check-certificate --header "Cookie: gpw_e24=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.oracle.com%2F; oraclelicense=accept-securebackup-cookie" "http://download.oracle.com/otn-pub/java/jdk/8u131-b11/d54c1d3a095b4ff2b6607d096fa80163/jdk-8u131-linux-x64.rpm"
--2018-06-09 12:57:05-- http://download.oracle.com/otn-pub/java/jdk/8u131-b11/d54c1d3a095b4ff2b6607d096fa80163/jdk-8u131-linux-x64.rpm
Resolving download.oracle.com (download.oracle.com)... 23.49.16.62
Connecting to download.oracle.com (download.oracle.com)|23.49.16.62|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 302 Moved Temporarily
Location: https://edelivery.oracle.com/otn-pub/java/jdk/8u131-b11/d54c1d3a095b4ff2b6607d096fa80163/jdk-8u131-linux-x64.rpm [following]
--2018-06-09 12:57:10-- https://edelivery.oracle.com/otn-pub/java/jdk/8u131-b11/d54c1d3a095b4ff2b6607d096fa80163/jdk-8u131-linux-x64.rpm
Resolving edelivery.oracle.com (edelivery.oracle.com)... 104.103.48.174, 2600:1417:58:181::2d3e, 2600:1417:58:188::2d3e
Connecting to edelivery.oracle.com (edelivery.oracle.com)|104.103.48.174|:443... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 302 Moved Temporarily
Location: http://download.oracle.com/otn-pub/java/jdk/8u131-b11/d54c1d3a095b4ff2b6607d096fa80163/jdk-8u131-linux-x64.rpm?AuthParam=1528549151_b1fd01d854bc0423600a83c36240028e [following]
--2018-06-09 12:57:11-- http://download.oracle.com/otn-pub/java/jdk/8u131-b11/d54c1d3a095b4ff2b6607d096fa80163/jdk-8u131-linux-x64.rpm?AuthParam=1528549151_b1fd01d854bc0423600a83c36240028e
Connecting to download.oracle.com (download.oracle.com)|23.49.16.62|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 169983496 (162M) [application/x-redhat-package-manager]
Saving to: ‘jdk-8u131-linux-x64.rpm’

100%[==============================================================================>] 169,983,496 2.56MB/s in 64s

2018-06-09 12:58:15 (2.54 MB/s) - ‘jdk-8u131-linux-x64.rpm’ saved [169983496/169983496]

[[email protected]_mgr opt]# yum localinstall -y jdk-8u131-linux-x64.rpm

Once done, we continue to make amendment on the environment path to create JAVA_HOME variable inside each server node. Below are the steps:

[[email protected]_mgr opt]# vi /root/.bash_profile
export JAVA_HOME=/usr/java/jdk1.8.0_131
PATH=$JAVA_HOME/bin:$PATH:$HOME/bin
export PATH

[[email protected]_mgr opt]# source /root/.bash_profile
[[email protected]_mgr opt]# java -version
java version "1.8.0_131"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_131-b11)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.131-b11, mixed mode)

For Oracle database installation, it's a requirement that the installation must be done using non-root user. That's also applies on Oracle Weblogic installation. As for that policy, to proceed let's create additional user to be owner for Oracle Weblogic. Below are the steps:

[[email protected]_mgr opt]# useradd -s /bin/bash shahril

[[email protected]_mgr opt]# passwd shahril
Changing password for user shahril.
New password:
BAD PASSWORD: The password fails the dictionary check - it is too simplistic/systematic
Retype new password:
passwd: all authentication tokens updated successfully.

[[email protected]_mgr opt]# su - shahril
[[email protected]_mgr ~]$ pwd
/home/shahril

Before we proceed further, let's configure the environment variables for weblogic owner user for required variables. Below are the best practice variables need to be assign:

  1. ORACLE_BASE :: Default Oracle installer directory location
  2. ORACLE_HOME :: Default Oracle database directory location / optional if have Oracle client inside
  3. MW_HOME :: Default Middleware installer directory location
  4. WLS_HOME :: Default Oracle Weblogic managed server directory location
  5. WL_HOME :: Default Oracle Weblogic admin server directory location
  6. DOMAIN_BASE :: Default Oracle Weblogic global domain
  7. DOMAIN_HOME :: Default Oracle Weblogic specific domain

[[email protected]_mgr wls]$ vi /home/shahril/.bash_profile

export ORACLE_BASE=/home/shahril/wls/oracle
export ORACLE_HOME=$ORACLE_BASE/product/fmw12
export MW_HOME=$ORACLE_HOME
export WLS_HOME=$MW_HOME/wlserver
export WL_HOME=$WLS_HOME
export DOMAIN_BASE=$ORACLE_BASE/config/domains
export DOMAIN_HOME=$DOMAIN_BASE/TEST

export JAVA_HOME=/usr/java/jdk1.8.0_131
PATH=$JAVA_HOME/bin:$PATH:$HOME/bin
export PATH

[[email protected]_mgr wls]$ source /home/shahril/.bash_profile
[[email protected]_mgr wls]$ mkdir -p $ORACLE_BASE
[[email protected]_mgr wls]$ mkdir -p $DOMAIN_BASE
[[email protected]_mgr wls]$ mkdir -p $ORACLE_HOME
[[email protected]_mgr wls]$ mkdir -p $ORACLE_BASE/config/applications
[[email protected]_mgr wls]$ mkdir -p /home/shahril/wls/oraInventory

Once done, let's create a file called oraInst.loc and wls.rsp . For filename oraInst.loc: this file is needed to define an inventory location during the Oracle Weblogic installation. For filename wls.rsp, it is optional as it acts as a response file that will be used during the installation. Yet, as moving along we will make the installation from command line interface (CLI), the wls.rsp would be a compulsory for us to have. Now, let's proceed with the steps as per below:

[[email protected]_mgr wls]$ pwd
/home/shahril/wls
[[email protected]_mgr wls]$ vi oraInst.loc

inventory_loc=/home/shahril/wls/oraInventory
inst_group=shahril

[[email protected]_mgr wls]$ vi wls.rsp

[ENGINE]
Response File Version=1.0.0.0.0
[GENERIC]
ORACLE_HOME=/home/shahril/wls/oracle/product/fmw12
INSTALL_TYPE=WebLogic Server
DECLINE_SECURITY_UPDATES=true
SECURITY_UPDATES_VIA_MYORACLESUPPORT=false

As exerything is in place, let's proceed with downloading the Oracle Weblogic installer. You can go to website URL here and choose your favorite version of Oracle Weblogic.

In our case, we will proceed with downloading Oracle Weblogic version 12.1.3 as by far now it's the most up-to-date and stable version (base on my current facing experience). Below are the steps:

[[email protected]_mgr ~]$ cd $ORACLE_BASE
[[email protected]_mgr oracle]$ wget http://download.oracle.com/otn/nt/middleware/12c/wls/1213/fmw_12.1.3.0.0_wls.jar?AuthParam=1530174357_1de6ededa212d8bc86524a0fb78ac0df
--2018-06-28 16:24:15-- http://download.oracle.com/otn/nt/middleware/12c/wls/1213/fmw_12.1.3.0.0_wls.jar?AuthParam=1530174357_1de6ededa212d8bc86524a0fb78ac0df
Resolving download.oracle.com (download.oracle.com)... 23.74.208.198
Connecting to download.oracle.com (download.oracle.com)|23.74.208.198|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
Length: 923179081 (880M) [application/x-jar]
Saving to: ‘fmw_12.1.3.0.0_wls.jar?AuthParam=1530174357_1de6ededa212d8bc86524a0fb78ac0df’

100%[=================================================================>] 923,179,081 1.05MB/s in 16m 4s

2018-06-28 16:40:24 (935 KB/s) - ‘fmw_12.1.3.0.0_wls.jar?AuthParam=1530174357_1de6ededa212d8bc86524a0fb78ac0df’ saved [923179081/923179081]

[[email protected]_mgr oracle]$ mv fmw_12.1.3.0.0_wls.jar?AuthParam=1530174357_1de6ededa212d8bc86524a0fb78ac0df fmw_12.1.3.0.0_wls.jar

Next, proceed with the installation. Steps are as per shown below:

[[email protected]_mgr wls]$ java -jar /home/shahril/wls/oracle/fmw_12.1.3.0.0_wls.jar -silent -responseFile /home/shahril/wls/wls.rsp -invPtrLoc /home/shahril/wls/oraInst.loc
Launcher log file is /tmp/OraInstall2018-06-10_12-44-24PM/launcher2018-06-10_12-44-24PM.log.
Extracting files.......
Starting Oracle Universal Installer

Checking if CPU speed is above 300 MHz. Actual 3199.968 MHz Passed
Checking swap space: must be greater than 512 MB. Actual 7815164 MB Passed
Checking if this platform requires a 64-bit JVM. Actual 64 Passed (64-bit not required)
Checking temp space: must be greater than 300 MB. Actual 393285 MB Passed


Preparing to launch the Oracle Universal Installer from /tmp/OraInstall2018-06-10_12-44-24PM
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM warning: ignoring option MaxPermSize=512m; support was removed in 8.0
Log: /tmp/OraInstall2018-06-10_12-44-24PM/install2018-06-10_12-44-24PM.log
Copyright (c) 1996, 2014, Oracle and/or its affiliates. All rights reserved.
Reading response file..
Starting check : CertifiedVersions
/bin/cat: /proc/sys/net/core/wmem_default: No such file or directory
Starting check : CheckJDKVersion
Expected result: 1.7.0_15
Actual Result: 1.8.0_131
Check complete. The overall result of this check is: Passed
CheckJDKVersion Check: Success.
Validations are enabled for this session.
Verifying data......
Copying Files...
You can find the log of this install session at:
/tmp/OraInstall2018-06-10_12-44-24PM/install2018-06-10_12-44-24PM.log
-----------20%----------40%----------60%----------80%--------100%

The installation of Oracle Fusion Middleware 12c WebLogic Server and Coherence 12.1.3.0.0 completed successfully.
Logs successfully copied to /home/shahril/wls/oraInventory/logs.

Excellent! Now we've successfully installed Oracle Weblogic onour CentOS 7 server. Next, we will proceed with the configuration phase.

3. Configuration Phase

Now we are in the configuration part, there will be 2 level of configuration that needs to be made which are:

  1. Weblogic Configuration
  2. Domain Configuration

For a Weblogic Administration server, we need to make both of the configuration as the main command of weblogic are under weblogic configuration. But for every Weblogic managed server that will act act the instance node, it just need to setup for Weblogic Configuration only as during the initialization of domain, administrator can decide which instance node will be use for which project domain. Below are the simple example of how weblogic domain works:

Weblogic architecture

For every weblogic managed server, you can create as many instance nodes as you need, this depends on you server resource allocation because each instance node will be point to its dedicated project domain. To point which domain to which instance node can easily done by administration server dashboard.

As per brief, now let's setup the configuration for weblogic and domain configuration for admin server part. Just to simplified the tutorial process, we will only create 1 domain called TEST. Below are the steps :-

[[email protected]_mgr wls]$ cd $WL_HOME
[[email protected]_mgr wlserver]$ cd common/bin/
[[email protected]_mgr bin]$ ./commEnv.sh
[[email protected]_mgr bin]$ ./wlst.sh
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM warning: ignoring option MaxPermSize=256m; support was removed in 8.0
Initializing WebLogic Scripting Tool (WLST) ...
Jython scans all the jar files it can find at first startup. Depending on the system, this process may take a few minutes to complete, and WLST may not return a prompt right away.

Welcome to WebLogic Server Administration Scripting Shell

Type help() for help on available commands

wls:/offline> readTemplate('/home/shahril/wls/oracle/product/fmw12/wlserver/common/templates/wls/wls.jar')
wls:/offline/base_domain>cd('Servers/AdminServer')
wls:/offline/base_domain/Server/AdminServer>set('ListenAddress','172.17.0.6')
wls:/offline/base_domain/Server/AdminServer>set('ListenPort',7001) ## Port that will be assign to each domain

wls:/offline/base_domain/Server/AdminServer>create('AdminServer','SSL')
Proxy for AdminServer: Name=AdminServer, Type=SSL

wls:/offline/base_domain/Server/AdminServer>cd('SSL/AdminServer')
wls:/offline/base_domain/Server/AdminServer/SSL/AdminServer>set('Enabled','True')
wls:/offline/base_domain/Server/AdminServer/SSL/AdminServer>set('ListenPort',7002)

wls:/offline/base_domain/Server/AdminServer/SSL/AdminServer>cd('/')
wls:/offline/base_domain>cd('Security/base_domain/User/weblogic')
wls:/offline/base_domain/Security/base_domain/User/weblogic>cmo.setPassword('Test1234')
wls:/offline/base_domain/Security/base_domain/User/weblogic>setOption('OverwriteDomain','true')
wls:/offline/base_domain/Security/base_domain/User/weblogic>writeDomain('/home/shahril/wls/oracle/config/domains/TEST')

wls:/offline/TEST/Security/TEST/User/weblogic>closeTemplate()
wls:/offline>exit()

Exiting WebLogic Scripting Tool.

Great, now we've done the configuration for both, now let's start the weblogic and TEST services on admin server. Below are the steps:

[[email protected]_mgr bin]$ cd $DOMAIN_HOME
[[email protected]_mgr TEST]$ cd bin/
[[email protected]_mgr bin]$ pwd
/home/shahril/wls/oracle/config/domains/TEST/bin

[[email protected]_mgr bin]$ ./startWebLogic.sh &
[1] 19303
[[email protected]_mgr bin]$ .
.
JAVA Memory arguments: -Xms256m -Xmx512m -XX:CompileThreshold=8000 -XX:PermSize=128m -XX:MaxPermSize=256m
.
CLASSPATH=/usr/java/jdk1.8.0_131/lib/tools.jar:/home/shahril/wls/oracle/product/fmw12/wlserver/server/lib/weblogic_sp.jar:/home/shahril/wls/oracle/product/fmw12/wlserver/server/lib/weblogic.jar:/home/shahril/wls/oracle/product/fmw12/oracle_common/modules/net.sf.antcontrib_1.1.0.0_1-0b3/lib/ant-contrib.jar:/home/shahril/wls/oracle/product/fmw12/wlserver/modules/features/oracle.wls.common.nodemanager_2.0.0.0.jar:/home/shahril/wls/oracle/product/fmw12/oracle_common/modules/com.oracle.cie.config-wls-online_8.1.0.0.jar:/home/shahril/wls/oracle/product/fmw12/wlserver/common/derby/lib/derbyclient.jar:/home/shahril/wls/oracle/product/fmw12/wlserver/common/derby/lib/derby.jar:/home/shahril/wls/oracle/product/fmw12/wlserver/server/lib/xqrl.jar .
PATH=/home/shahril/wls/oracle/product/fmw12/wlserver/server/bin:/home/shahril/wls/oracle/product/fmw12/oracle_common/modules/org.apache.ant_1.9.2/bin:/usr/java/jdk1.8.0_131/jre/bin:/usr/java/jdk1.8.0_131/bin:/usr/java/jdk1.8.0_131/bin:/usr/java/jdk1.8.0_131/bin:/usr/java/jdk1.8.0_131/bin:/usr/local/bin:/bin:/usr/bin:/usr/local/sbin:/usr/sbin:/home/shahril/bin:/home/shahril/bin:/home/shahril/bin .
***************************************************
* To start WebLogic Server, use a username and *
* password assigned to an admin-level user. For *
* server administration, use the WebLogic Server *
* console at http://hostname:port/console *
***************************************************
starting weblogic with Java version:
java version "1.8.0_131"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_131-b11)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.131-b11, mixed mode)
Starting WLS with line:
/usr/java/jdk1.8.0_131/bin/java -server -Xms256m -Xmx512m -XX:CompileThreshold=8000 -XX:PermSize=128m -XX:MaxPermSize=256m -Dweblogic.Name=AdminServer -Djava.security.policy=/home/shahril/wls/oracle/product/fmw12/wlserver/server/lib/weblogic.policy -Xverify:none -Djava.endorsed.dirs=/usr/java/jdk1.8.0_131/jre/lib/endorsed:/home/shahril/wls/oracle/product/fmw12/oracle_common/modules/endorsed -da -Dwls.home=/home/shahril/wls/oracle/product/fmw12/wlserver/server -Dweblogic.home=/home/shahril/wls/oracle/product/fmw12/wlserver/server -Dweblogic.utils.cmm.lowertier.ServiceDisabled=true weblogic.Server
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM warning: ignoring option PermSize=128m; support was removed in 8.0
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM warning: ignoring option MaxPermSize=256m; support was removed in 8.0
Jun 10, 2018 1:11:46 PM UTC Info Security BEA-090905 Disabling the CryptoJ JCE Provider self-integrity check for better startup performance. To enable this check, specify -Dweblogic.security.allowCryptoJDefaultJCEVerification=true.
Jun 10, 2018 1:11:46 PM UTC Info Security BEA-090906 Changing the default Random Number Generator in RSA CryptoJ from ECDRBG128 to FIPS186PRNG. To disable this change, specify -Dweblogic.security.allowCryptoJDefaultPRNG=true.
Jun 10, 2018 1:11:47 PM UTC Info WebLogicServer BEA-000377 Starting WebLogic Server with Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM Version 25.131-b11 from Oracle Corporation.
Jun 10, 2018 1:11:47 PM UTC Info Management BEA-141107 Version: WebLogic Server 12.1.3.0.0 Wed May 21 18:53:34 PDT 2014 1604337
Jun 10, 2018 1:11:48 PM UTC Notice WebLogicServer BEA-000365 Server state changed to STARTING.
Jun 10, 2018 1:11:48 PM UTC Info WorkManager BEA-002900 Initializing self-tuning thread pool.
Jun 10, 2018 1:11:48 PM UTC Info WorkManager BEA-002942 CMM memory level becomes 0. Setting standby thread pool size to 256.
Jun 10, 2018 1:11:48 PM UTC Notice Log Management BEA-170019 The server log file /home/shahril/wls/oracle/config/domains/TEST/servers/AdminServer/logs/AdminServer.log is opened. All server side log events will be written to this file.
Jun 10, 2018 1:11:50 PM UTC Notice Security BEA-090082 Security initializing using security realm myrealm.
Jun 10, 2018 1:11:51 PM UTC Notice WebLogicServer BEA-000365 Server state changed to STANDBY.
Jun 10, 2018 1:11:51 PM UTC Notice WebLogicServer BEA-000365 Server state changed to STARTING.
Jun 10, 2018 1:11:51 PM weblogic.wsee.WseeCoreMessages logWseeServiceStarting

INFO: The Wsee Service is starting

Jun 10, 2018 1:11:51 PM UTC Notice Log Management BEA-170027 The server has successfully established a connection with the Domain level Diagnostic Service.
Jun 10, 2018 1:11:51 PM UTC Notice WebLogicServer BEA-000365 Server state changed to ADMIN.
Jun 10, 2018 1:11:51 PM UTC Notice WebLogicServer BEA-000365 Server state changed to RESUMING.
Jun 10, 2018 1:11:51 PM UTC Notice Security BEA-090171 Loading the identity certificate and private key stored under the alias DemoIdentity from the jks keystore file /home/shahril/wls/oracle/config/domains/TEST/security/DemoIdentity.jks.
Jun 10, 2018 1:11:51 PM UTC Notice Security BEA-090169 Loading trusted certificates from the jks keystore file /home/shahril/wls/oracle/product/fmw12/wlserver/server/lib/DemoTrust.jks.
Jun 10, 2018 1:11:51 PM UTC Notice Security BEA-090169 Loading trusted certificates from the jks keystore file /usr/java/jdk1.8.0_131/jre/lib/security/cacerts.
Jun 10, 2018 1:11:51 PM UTC Notice Server BEA-002613 Channel "DefaultSecure" is now listening on 172.17.0.6:7002 for protocols iiops, t3s, ldaps, https.
Jun 10, 2018 1:11:51 PM UTC Notice Server BEA-002613 Channel "Default" is now listening on 172.17.0.6:7001 for protocols iiop, t3, ldap, snmp, http.
Jun 10, 2018 1:11:51 PM UTC Notice WebLogicServer BEA-000331 Started the WebLogic Server Administration Server "AdminServer" for domain "TEST" running in development mode.
Jun 10, 2018 1:11:51 PM UTC Notice WebLogicServer BEA-000360 The server started in RUNNING mode.
Jun 10, 2018 1:11:52 PM UTC Notice WebLogicServer BEA-000365 Server state changed to RUNNING.

[[email protected]_mgr bin]$ netstat -apn|grep -i :70
(Not all processes could be identified, non-owned process info
will not be shown, you would have to be root to see it all.)
tcp 0 0 172.17.0.6:7001 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 19360/java
tcp 0 0 172.17.0.6:7002 0.0.0.0:* LISTEN 19360/java

Excellent! Now we have made the complete configuration on the admin server part. Now as the complicated parts have been done, you can relax, take a cup of coffee then just make a copy of Weblogic configuration ONLY and paste it on each managed server node. Below are the steps :-

[[email protected]_mgr bin]$ $WL_HOME/common/bin/pack.sh -domain=$DOMAIN_HOME -template=$WL_HOME/common/templates/domains/TEST_template.jar -template_name=TEST -managed=true
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM warning: ignoring option MaxPermSize=256m; support was removed in 8.0
<< read domain from "/home/shahril/wls/oracle/config/domains/TEST"
>> succeed: read domain from "/home/shahril/wls/oracle/config/domains/TEST"
<< set config option Managed to "true"
>> succeed: set config option Managed to "true"
<< write template to "/home/shahril/wls/oracle/product/fmw12/wlserver/common/templates/domains/TEST_template.jar"
..........................................................................................
>> succeed: write template to "/home/shahril/wls/oracle/product/fmw12/wlserver/common/templates/domains/TEST_template.jar"
<< close template
>> succeed: close template

[[email protected]_mgr ~]$ ls -lh $WL_HOME/common/templates/domains/TEST_template.jar
-rw-r----- 1 shahril shahril 51K Jun 10 14:11 /home/shahril/wls/oracle/product/fmw12/wlserver/common/templates/domains/TEST_template.jar

Shown above we've made a copy of weblogic configuration into a jar file. We will bring over only this jar file to each weblogic managed server and set it up from there.

[[email protected]_mgr ~]$ scp -r /home/shahril/wls/oracle/product/fmw12/wlserver/common/templates/domains/TEST_template.jar 172.17.0.7:/home/shahril/wls/
[email protected]7.0.7's password:
TEST_template.jar 100% 50KB 58.2MB/s 00:00

Now go to the managed server and extract the copied jar file. No configuration is needed as it will bring over related domain we've created. Below are the steps:

[[email protected]_node1 ~]$ cd $WL_HOME
[[email protected]_node1 wlserver]$ pwd
/home/shahril/wls/oracle/product/fmw12/wlserver
[[email protected]_node1 wlserver]$ $WL_HOME/common/bin/unpack.sh -template=/home/shahril/wls/TEST_template.jar -domain=$DOMAIN_HOME
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM warning: ignoring option MaxPermSize=256m; support was removed in 8.0
<< read template from "/home/shahril/wls/TEST_template.jar"
>> succeed: read template from "/home/shahril/wls/TEST_template.jar"
<< set config option DomainName to "TEST"
>> succeed: set config option DomainName to "TEST"
<< write Domain to "/home/shahril/wls/oracle/config/domains/TEST"
....................................................................................................
>> succeed: write Domain to "/home/shahril/wls/oracle/config/domains/TEST"
<< close template
>> succeed: close template

Excellent! We have successfully extracted the copied weblogic configuration. Next step, let's start the Weblogic service in managed server. Below are the steps:

[[email protected]_node1 wlserver]$ cd $DOMAIN_HOME
[[email protected]_node1 TEST]$ cd bin/
[[email protected]_node1 bin]$ ./stopManagedWebLogic.sh Node_Server01 t3://172.17.0.6:7001 weblogic Test1234
Stopping Weblogic Server...
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM warning: ignoring option PermSize=128m; support was removed in 8.0
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM warning: ignoring option MaxPermSize=256m; support was removed in 8.0
Initializing WebLogic Scripting Tool (WLST) ...
Jython scans all the jar files it can find at first startup. Depending on the system, this process may take a few minutes to complete, and WLST may not return a prompt right away.

Welcome to WebLogic Server Administration Scripting Shell

Type help() for help on available commands

Connecting to t3://172.17.0.6:7001 with userid weblogic ...
Successfully connected to Admin Server "AdminServer" that belongs to domain "TEST".

Warning: An insecure protocol was used to connect to the
server. To ensure on-the-wire security, the SSL port or
Admin port should be used instead.

Shutting down the server Node_Server01 with force=false while connected to AdminServer ...
No stack trace available.
Problem invoking WLST - Traceback (innermost last):
File "/home/shahril/wls/oracle/config/domains/TEST/shutdown-Node_Server01.py", line 4, in ?
File "", line 1199, in shutdown
File "", line 552, in raiseWLSTException
WLSTException: Error occurred while performing shutdown : No Server with name "Node_Server01" configured in the domain

Done
Stopping Derby Server...


[[email protected]_node1 bin]$ ./startManagedWebLogic.sh Node_Server01 t3://172.17.0.6:7001 &
[1] 5378
[[email protected]_node1 bin]$ .
.
JAVA Memory arguments: -Xms256m -Xmx512m -XX:CompileThreshold=8000 -XX:PermSize=128m -XX:MaxPermSize=256m
.
CLASSPATH=/usr/java/jdk1.8.0_131/lib/tools.jar:/home/shahril/wls/oracle/product/fmw12/wlserver/server/lib/weblogic_sp.jar:/home/shahril/wls/oracle/product/fmw12/wlserver/server/lib/weblogic.jar:/home/shahril/wls/oracle/product/fmw12/oracle_common/modules/net.sf.antcontrib_1.1.0.0_1-0b3/lib/ant-contrib.jar:/home/shahril/wls/oracle/product/fmw12/wlserver/modules/features/oracle.wls.common.nodemanager_2.0.0.0.jar:/home/shahril/wls/oracle/product/fmw12/wlserver/common/derby/lib/derbyclient.jar:/home/shahril/wls/oracle/product/fmw12/wlserver/common/derby/lib/derby.jar:/home/shahril/wls/oracle/product/fmw12/wlserver/server/lib/xqrl.jar
.
PATH=/home/shahril/wls/oracle/product/fmw12/wlserver/server/bin:/home/shahril/wls/oracle/product/fmw12/oracle_common/modules/org.apache.ant_1.9.2/bin:/usr/java/jdk1.8.0_131/jre/bin:/usr/java/jdk1.8.0_131/bin:/usr/java/jdk1.8.0_131/bin:/usr/local/bin:/bin:/usr/bin:/usr/local/sbin:/usr/sbin:/home/shahril/bin
.
***************************************************
* To start WebLogic Server, use a username and *
* password assigned to an admin-level user. For *
* server administration, use the WebLogic Server *
* console at http://hostname:port/console *
***************************************************
starting weblogic with Java version:
java version "1.8.0_131"
Java(TM) SE Runtime Environment (build 1.8.0_131-b11)
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM (build 25.131-b11, mixed mode)
Starting WLS with line:
/usr/java/jdk1.8.0_131/bin/java -server -Xms256m -Xmx512m -XX:CompileThreshold=8000 -XX:PermSize=128m -XX:MaxPermSize=256m -Dweblogic.Name=Node_Server01 -Djava.security.policy=/home/shahril/wls/oracle/product/fmw12/wlserver/server/lib/weblogic.policy -Dweblogic.security.SSL.trustedCAKeyStore=/home/shahril/wls/oracle/product/fmw12/wlserver/server/lib/cacerts -Xverify:none -Djava.endorsed.dirs=/usr/java/jdk1.8.0_131/jre/lib/endorsed:/home/shahril/wls/oracle/product/fmw12/oracle_common/modules/endorsed -da -Dwls.home=/home/shahril/wls/oracle/product/fmw12/wlserver/server -Dweblogic.home=/home/shahril/wls/oracle/product/fmw12/wlserver/server -Dweblogic.management.server=t3://172.17.0.6:7001 -Dweblogic.utils.cmm.lowertier.ServiceDisabled=true weblogic.Server
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM warning: ignoring option PermSize=128m; support was removed in 8.0
Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM warning: ignoring option MaxPermSize=256m; support was removed in 8.0
Jun 10, 2018 3:29:41 PM UTC Info Security BEA-090905 Disabling the CryptoJ JCE Provider self-integrity check for better startup performance. To enable this check, specify -Dweblogic.security.allowCryptoJDefaultJCEVerification=true.
Jun 10, 2018 3:29:41 PM UTC Info Security BEA-090906 Changing the default Random Number Generator in RSA CryptoJ from ECDRBG128 to FIPS186PRNG. To disable this change, specify -Dweblogic.security.allowCryptoJDefaultPRNG=true.
Jun 10, 2018 3:29:42 PM UTC Info WebLogicServer BEA-000377 Starting WebLogic Server with Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM Version 25.131-b11 from Oracle Corporation.
Jun 10, 2018 3:29:42 PM UTC Info Management BEA-141107 Version: WebLogic Server 12.1.3.0.0 Wed May 21 18:53:34 PDT 2014 1604337
Jun 10, 2018 3:29:43 PM UTC Notice WebLogicServer BEA-000365 Server state changed to STARTING.
Jun 10, 2018 3:29:43 PM UTC Info WorkManager BEA-002900 Initializing self-tuning thread pool.
Jun 10, 2018 3:29:43 PM UTC Info WorkManager BEA-002942 CMM memory level becomes 0. Setting standby thread pool size to 256.
Jun 10, 2018 3:29:43 PM UTC Notice Log Management BEA-170019 The server log file /home/shahril/wls/oracle/config/domains/TEST/servers/Node_Server01/logs/Node_Server01.log is opened. All server side log events will be written to this file.
Jun 10, 2018 3:29:45 PM UTC Notice Security BEA-090082 Security initializing using security realm myrealm.
Jun 10, 2018 3:29:46 PM UTC Notice WebLogicServer BEA-000365 Server state changed to STANDBY.
Jun 10, 2018 3:29:46 PM UTC Notice WebLogicServer BEA-000365 Server state changed to STARTING.
Jun 10, 2018 3:29:46 PM weblogic.wsee.WseeCoreMessages logWseeServiceStarting
INFO: The Wsee Service is starting

Jun 10, 2018 3:29:48 PM UTC Notice Log Management BEA-170027 The server has successfully established a connection with the Domain level Diagnostic Service.
Jun 10, 2018 3:29:48 PM UTC Notice Cluster BEA-000197 Listening for announcements from cluster using unicast cluster messaging
Jun 10, 2018 3:29:48 PM UTC Notice WebLogicServer BEA-000365 Server state changed to ADMIN.
Jun 10, 2018 3:29:48 PM UTC Notice WebLogicServer BEA-000365 Server state changed to RESUMING.
Jun 10, 2018 3:29:48 PM UTC Notice Cluster BEA-000162 Starting "async" replication service with remote cluster address "null"
Jun 10, 2018 3:29:48 PM UTC Notice Server BEA-002613 Channel "Default" is now listening on 172.17.0.7:8001 for protocols iiop, t3, CLUSTER-BROADCAST, ldap, snmp, http.
Jun 10, 2018 3:29:48 PM UTC Notice WebLogicServer BEA-000332 Started the WebLogic Server Managed Server "Node_Server01" for domain "TEST" running in development mode.
Jun 10, 2018 3:29:48 PM UTC Notice WebLogicServer BEA-000360 The server started in RUNNING mode.
Jun 10, 2018 3:29:48 PM UTC Notice WebLogicServer BEA-000365 Server state changed to RUNNING.

Great! Now we have successfully configured the weblogic services on the managed servers. You can do the process to other managed server and later we will define the cluster grouping from administration server dashboard.

4. Testing Phase

To ensure that our Weblogic architecture works as expected, we'll just apply a simple test configuration on our servers. For this test, we will open the Weblogic admin server dashboard and from the dashboard console itself we will add our 2 managed servers into the environment and define them as a cluster.

Now, let's open up our admin dashboard via http://172.17.0.6:7001/console . As mentioned before, for this test, we are've just creating only 1 DOMAIN which is TEST therefore the default port 7001 are dedicated for this domain. For multiple domains, the configuration can be seperated by its own dedicated port. Once you have launched the URL in the browser, you should see the console like below, enter the username and password that we've defined during configuration above. For this test, it's weblogic/Test1234 :-

Oracle Weblogic server login

Once you have login successfully, you will see a complete dashboard like shown below:

Oracle weblogic dashboard

To proceed with our test, from the dashboard click on Environment -> Servers tab . You will see the results as shown like below which automatically the Weblogic Admin server already included inside TEST domain.

servers tab in WebLogic

Next, click on the button , it will forward you to page below. Fill in the Weblogic Managed Server information like it's IP addresses and the weblogic port as per shown then click next.

Add new server

After that, define the new cluster name you want to the click next. Remain others as per default like example below:

Define a cluster

Great, now you've include an instance node inside your newly created weblogic cluster. Below are the example snapshot:

Include node instance

Now, let's bring up the instance node. For this case, we'll go back to CLI shell and start up the weblogic managed server like command we use before like below:

[[email protected]_node1 wlserver]$ cd $DOMAIN_HOME
[[email protected]_node1 TEST]$ cd bin/
[[email protected]_node1 bin]$ ./startManagedWebLogic.sh Node_Server01 t3://172.17.0.6:7001 &

Once done, go back to admin URL and refresh the dashboard. You will see that now the instance node you've established are up and running. Below is the example screenshot:

Example setup

Next, use the same process to add another Weblogic Managed Server into the defined cluster. As the final result, you will see all instance nodes you've added are up and running and in load balancing mode. Below is the example result:

Add another cluster to WebLogic

Congratulations! Now you've successfully created a new weblogic cluster architecture.

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