Administrative Containment Index Page for IBM® WebSphere® Application Server 8

The index pages of WebSphere® administrative containment are HTML pages generated with Dalil™.

WebSphere® administrative containment index pages are index pages representing a classification of the content of WebSphere® topological configurations. These index pages facilitate the discovery and retrieval of relevant information in WebSphere® configuration settings.

The index tables presented on this website are derived from the content of IBM® WebSphere® Application Server v8.

WebSphere® Cobs

WebSphere® administrative configuration is one of the most abstruse configurations in the arena of distributed computing. WebSphere® administrative configuration is contained within a repository whose structured folders map to WebSphere® topological hierarchies. Therefore, in order to manage WebSphere® configuration content – objectIDs -- are presented to the product administrator.

We use the term cob to refer to configuration handlers, also called object IDs (objectIDs).

A cob is a configuration object handler describing the content of WebSphere® administrative objects. Think of a cob as a unique label attached to a data structure whose content describes an administrative subject of WebSphere® settings. Although a cob is a unique label, two or more cobs can be subject to a set of data transformations comparing their labeled structures to their respective contents. In the most intricate analyses, Dalil™ uses functional programming to transform WebSphere cobs and their content in order to generate pivot cloud tables.

WebSphere® Containment Path

WebSphere® administrative configuration data contained in XML files that are laid in a repositories whose structured folders map to WebSphere®’s topological hierarchy, a reference to administrative configurations object is therefore composed of the folder (as its location on the file system) and the XML path (as how to reach the node with XPath).

The composition of the folder location and the XML identifier forms a cob. Since cobs are unique handlers, it is possible to “glob” a grouping of cobs simply by categorizing them by named types. An object name and its associated named type form a pair of keywords called containment paths. The term containment path refers to the grouping of cobs by named types. Therefore there is a one-directional relationship between a cob and containment path: it is possible to derive a containment path from a cob, but not vice versa.

WebSphere® wsadmin command offers a set of commands to “glob” a set of cobs by specifying its containment path. Dalil™ offers a set of commands to glob the cardinality of all cobs, to categorize them, to transform their content, and to index them.

WebSphere® Cobs Indexing

WebSphere® cob indexing describes WebSphere® configuration content by categorizing symbols in order to indicate its configuration object, to surfacing the configuration object content or to exposing it and rendering it searchable. In other words, it is about surfacing and exposing the content of its configuration objects. Indices are constructed separately on several levels: terms derived from the cobs content; terms or symbols derived from the cob names, and terms derived from a controlled vocabulary.

The nomenclature used in WebSphere® configuration content is, for the most part, coherent and descriptive. There exists a correlation between derived terms and objects categories, allowing the derivation of a controlled vocabulary which uses WebSphere® administrative records. WebSphere® index terms are keywords used to retrieve WebSphere® configuration records in a WebSphere® administrative information system like Dalil™.

WebSphere® cob indexing retrieves WebSphere® configuration content particular to its configuration subject. Configuration subjects are categorized by topological layers and by configuration topic groups. The process of WebSphere® indexing begins with warehousing WebSphere® configuration content. The data are decomposed, restructured, analyzed and categorized. The indexer identifies those terms WebSphere® administrative objects subject either by extracting words directly from the cob or by extracting words directly from the cob's content itself. The WebSphere® terms in the index are then represented in a systematic order.

WebSphere® Terms Indexing

WebSphere® configuration objects are classified by object names. Object names are further classified by WebSphere® topology layers: cloud, cells, nodes, and servers. A WebSphere® term can be any word occurring in a cob content derived from the symbolic decomposition of a cob handler, or one that is derived from a controlled vocabulary.

A term is followed by a list of group names in which the term has occurred, followed the symbolic name of its cob stem, followed by the cob index number, and finally followed by the topological symbol.

Symbol, Configuration-Name[1], .. ,Configuration-Name[N]:cob-symbolic-stem(cob-index-number)/Topology-Symbol*

Symbol, Configuration-Name[1], .. ,Configuration-Name[N]:cob-symbolic-stem(cob-index-number)/Topology-Symbol

anatomy of an index term in websphere containment indices

WebSphere® Cobs Lexing

A cob decomposes words from its constituent content. WebSphere terms are matched against the derived cob-words and against their contents. Each term is then cross references the order of importance where the term has occurred:

  1. the term is part of the cob symbolic name and it also occurs in the cob's content
  2. the term is part of the cob symbolic name and it does not occur in the cob's content
  3. the term occurs in the cob's content as a right value
  4. the term occurs in the cob's content as a left value

In order to understand the layout of cobs lexing indices, the following figure shows the anatomy of the term JSESSIONID as it appears in MEREDITH-X:MA-8 index page.

anatomy of term lexing for websphere config index

Browse through WebSphere® cobs indexing for MEREDITH-X:MA-9

Index Tables

The following are sample WebSphere® administrative index pages for the machine MA-9 defined in cloud MEREDITH-X.

Browse through WebSphere® administrative index pages for MEREDITH-X:MA-9

Browse through WebSphere® administrative brailled index pages for MEREDITH-X:MA-9

WebSphere® Information Retrieval: WIR

WIR, WebSphere® information retrieval refers to a set of programs studiying the linguistic aspects and metadata structures of J2EE, JEE, and WebSphere® administrative configurations. Dalil™ software uses WIR programs to generate pages found on this website. WebSphere® index terms, administrative configuration terms and/ or administrative object terms, in WebSphere® information retrieval, are terms that capture the essence of configuration subjects or class of WebSphere® configuration settings.

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