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From "Lin Sun" <>
Subject Re: [DISCUSS] Reorg of Admin Console for 2.2
Date Mon, 24 Nov 2008 20:38:03 GMT

Thanks for bringing this up to discussion.   I am not seeing the
obvious advantage of what you propose and I have the following
specific comments -
1. I kinda like what we currently have, Server and Service.
2. I think we should have a plugin category (if we are going to have
the collapsible tree structure) and put the 3 plugin related portlets
there (install plugin, export plugin and customer server assembly).
Otherwise, I think it is better to have all 3 in one page (I believe
we discussed this before on dev list).
3. I really don't like the Tools name, as it is not concrete.   I'd
rather see stuff organized into specific names instead of a generic
4. I like plan creator under Applications better, as it is today.

Maybe we should not rush the organization of the console navigation in
2.2, given that we are planning it soon.  I 'd rather to see us do it
in one shot, instead of changing it in 2.2 and changing it again in

On Fri, Nov 21, 2008 at 2:36 PM, Donald Woods <> wrote:
> Given our Console navigation tree has gotten so large and many "new"
> portlets were added in 2.0/2.1 without doing a proper reorg of what we had,
> I'm proposing the following changes as part of GERONIMO-4423, 4424, 4425 and
> yet to be created JIRAs:
> 1) Reorg the Server Console contents into main categories of:
>   - Services (config/resources)
>     - combination of existing Server and Services portlets
>     - contains portlets for server/service configuration
>        info, threads, connectors, modules, jms server/resourecs, ...
>     - future portlet to setup clustering/farming member servers
>        and view their status would go here
>   - Applications (app deployment and life-cycle)
>     - portlets to deploy/redeploy/undeploy apps/wars/ears/jars
>     - portlets to install/uninstall and stop/start modules
>     - porlet to install plugins (not export or server assembly)
>     - future updates and/or new portlet to support deploy/undeploy
>        apps to clusters/farming would go here
>   - Security
>     - portlets focused on users/groups, keys/ca, realms
>   - Logging
>     - portlets to configure logging and log levels
>     - separate pages for Server, Web Access and Derby log viewers
>   - Tools
>     - everything in current "Debug Views" category
>     - Plan Creator portlet
>     - Monitoring portlet
>     - Embedded DB portlets (renamed to Derby * to reflect true usage)
>     - Apache HTTP portlet (for creating mod_jk configs)
>     - Exporting plugins
>     - Custom server assemblies
> I could see the Logging portlets as one page under Tools, as those are
> really runtime tools (changes don't survive a restart) for debugging
> server/application problems.
> I could also see the Security portlets being split between the Services and
> Tools categories (but really think these deserve their own category.)
> The point, is that we need to review how the admin console is laid out and
> try to regroup into Java EE roles/tasks/concepts, like server
> config/resources, app deployment/mgmt and other tools/tasks.
> -Donald

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