26 Feb

How to Use WAS profiles to create multiple independent user configurations: IBM Websphere

How to Use WAS profiles to create multiple independent user configurations sharing the same install binaries. This is almost like having multiple servers.

Server: IBM Websphere Application Server 6.1

Tool Used: Use the Profile Management Tool

Note: WAS instances in version 5 are Profiles in v 6

In WAS 6 files are divided into 2 parts Product files and User Data. Hence in order to have multiple instances for different purposed we can have separate User Data sets and these are called as profiles in WAS 6.

By doing this you escape the need of installing multiple servers on the same machine and especially in development environment you can easily control which profile to start (saves lot of resources)

The command is in the following directory:

<was_root>/bin/pmt.sh on UNIX/LINUX

<was_root>binpmt.bat for WINDOIWS


Select “Application Server”

Click “Next”


Select “Advanced Profile Creation”


Don’t Deploy Default Application


Provide an appropriate Name and the default location of the profile

Select the option ” Create the server using development template” if you are not deploying this to a production server and for dev purpose else keep this unchecked.


Give a node name or keep it as it is

Change the Host name to the network name of the server if required


Don’t Select “Enable Administrative Security”


Change the port values as required. (Don’t forget to keep a copy of the port number assigned)


Unselect the “Run the application server process as window service” if you want to have a manual control on the server. As I am using this in development environment I don’t want my server to eat all resources on startup.


Skip this screen


Press “Create”


Select “Launch the first steps console” and verify the profile.

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