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From ilango_g <>
Subject RE: Guidelines for deploying Geronimo in a production system
Date Thu, 24 Apr 2008 19:26:15 GMT

Your input has been very useful.
I would like to prepare a document or set of documents to my team here. I
have never done this 
kind of thing before (deploying an Application Server in production). How
can I put together a production plan or something.
I will utilize the information provided by you. By architecture and
requirements documents, what exactly should I address?

Mark Aufdencamp wrote:
> Hi ilango_g,
> I don't see much traffic in this area, so I'll share my experience and
> architecture thoughts.
> The documentation that Hernan refered to was very helpful in setting up
> my production Geronimo Server's.  A good architecture diagram(s) and
> requirements document would be in order.
> I utilize a pair of old Compaq 3000 Linux Edge Server's (RedHat 9 and
> tar ball builds) on the public network. They each provide NTP, DNS,
> HTTP, and SSH services.  SMTP will be added in the near future. 
> Connectivity to Geronimo is provided through the Apache mod_jk module.
> These server's really function as hybrid application router's.  The
> primary purpose is as a security vehicle and audit trail point.  They
> have a strict exterior firewall ruleset for the provided services.  I'm
> currently working on running more of these services in chroot jails. 
> Both of the servers currently live on a single circuit.  I will
> eventually add a second circuit and move one of them over to it.  No
> load balancing is currently implemented, but the capability exists.
> On the interior network are a pair of Windows 2003 Server's that are old
> Compaq 8500's.  They have MySQL and PostgreSQL installed along with
> Geronimo 1.1.1.  Yes, I'm working on moving to 2.1:).  I'm utilizing the
> stock AJP Connector to communicate with the apache instance on the edge
> server's.  This configuration requires host definitions in apache, with
> appropriate DNS records, and configuration of the mod_jk forwarder.
> I'm not currently doing any clustering of the database's or the
> application server's.  Traffic currently goes to a single server with a
> hot stand by ready to go in case of emergency or for maintenance.  The
> Application Servers have had the MySQL and PostgreSQL JDBC Drivers
> installed into the server repository. (The download driver feature
> rocks!)  I've also defined database pools for both, and security realms
> that utilize the database pools.  The Java Windows Service Wrapper will
> probably be the hardest part of building the actual production
> Application Server. 
> My application utilizes a single database for multiple customers. 
> Segmentation is accomplished via the server hostname.  All traffic comes
> into a single instance of the application, but with a specific hostname
> for the customer.  I strip the hostname out and pass it as a parameter
> to all of my business layer Stateless Session Beans.  This provides good
> performance, an easy segmentation strategy, and the future ability to
> provision clients dynamically via simple database backed name service
> provider. (BIND zone from a database table)
> Dealing with/Training a System Administrator to deploy this kind of
> environment has the potential to be frustrating.  A good architecture
> diagram that identifies the platforms hardware, operating system, and
> services with version requirements will be a necessity.  Include your
> public network exposure expectations and audit the build with security
> tools.  Don't forget to identify the production maintenance
> requirements, like backup, OS and service upgrades, monitoring, etc... 
> This is definitely a plan on doing it twice type of deployment .  Build
> it in the lab, before attempting to deploy it in production.
> Hope that's some good food for thought!
> Mark Aufdencamp
>> -------- Original Message --------
>> Subject: Guidelines for deploying Geronimo in a production system
>> From: ilango_g <>
>> Date: Fri, April 04, 2008 10:18 am
>> To:
>> Hi
>> This might be set of naive questions about Geronimo. 
>> If I want to deploy Geronimo Server in a Production Environment, what are
>> broad guidelines to follow.
>> Can anyone share their experiences with me as to how one might deploy a
>> production scale Geronimo based application.
>> I would like to be able to start preparing documentation for production
>> deployment.
>> Any suggestions, pointers in this direction will help and are highly
>> appreciated.
>> ilango
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