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Websphere Portal Server V8.0 Administration
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Lesson 1. Introduction 
Objectives 
Topic A: WebSphere Portal software stack and architecture View of the stack
Topic B: WebSphere Portal and the WebSphere Application Server

Lesson 2. Page management 
Objectives 
Topic A: Navigating and managing WebSphere Portal 
Administrative interface 
Pages and page hierarchy 
Topic B: Creating pages and page management 
designing the page hierarchy 
WebSphere Portal nodes 
Page layout 
Portlets and pages 
Page Builder

Lab 2: Exploring portal page hierarchy and portal commands 
Objectives 
Task 1: Starting and stopping WebSphere Portal 
Checking the server status of WebSphere Portal and WebSphere Portal Application Server 
Task 2: Signing up as a new user to the portal
Task 3: Exploring the portal Administration area as an administrator 
Task 4: Creating a new portal page and placing a portal on it 
Customizing the Reminder portlet 
Stopping the WebSphere Portal instance 
Task 5: Backing up the WebSphere Portal configuration

Lesson 3. Deploying portlets 
Objectives 
Topic A: Portlet deployment
Stand-alone environment 
Clustered environment 
Topic B: Page hierarchy and portlets 
Exporting and importing the page hierarchy 

Lab 3: Deploying a portlet
Objectives 
Task 1: Verifying that WebSphere Portal is started and logging in 
Verifying that WebSphere Portal is started 
Logging in to WebSphere Portal 
Task 2: Deploying a portlet

Lesson 4. WebSphere Portal security management 
Objectives 
Topic A: Overview of role-based security 
Privileges
Traversal 
Topic B: Defining the portal resource security mechanism 
Defining the portal resource security mechanism 
Exploring the resources and roles 
Topic C: Blocking propagation and role inheritance 
Blocking propagation
Blocking inheritance 
Topic D: Access control settings
Initial access control settings 
Initial portlet access control settings
Initial page access control settings 
Topic E: Granting privileges 
Granting privileges to a portlet 
Granting different privileges on a single portlet
Topic F: Creating anonymous pages 
Analyzing role interactions on pages and Portlets
Topic G: Traversal 
The need for traversal 
Traversal scenario 
Configuring traversal 
Topic H: Securing your portal page hierarchy 
Setting resource permissions

Lab 4: Implementing security and creating a Developer Administration page 
Objectives 
Task 1: Verifying that WebSphere Portal is started and logging in 
Verifying that WebSphere Portal is started 
Logging in to WebSphere Portal 
Task 2: Importing the Human Resources page hierarchy 
Task 3: Viewing the initial security permissions
Task 4: Setting and verifying page permissions 
Task 5: Allowing customization 
Task 6: Setting and verifying portlet permissions 
Task 7: Configuring traversal permissions 
Task 8: Creating an Administration page for developers

Lesson 5. Wikis and blogs 
Objectives 
Topic A: Page Builder theme and a wiki or blog 
Wikis 
Blogs 
Topic B: Adding a wiki or blog to a page 
Adding a wiki to a page 
Adding a blog to a page 
Topic C: Deleting wiki or blog content 
The difference between deleting and purging 
Deleting wiki or blog content 
Topic D: Purging wiki or blog content 
Purging a wiki or blog 
Topic E: Assigning access to the wiki or blog 
Wiki and blog roles 
Configuring access control to wikis or blogs

Lab 5: Setting up a blog and a wiki
Objectives 
Task 1: Adding Web Content Management authoring to a base installation 
Task 2: Adding a blog 
Task 3: Adding a wiki 
Task 4: Assigning users rights

Lesson 6 .Tagging and rating 
Objectives 
Topic A: Tag clouds 
Topic B: Public, private, personal, and community tags 
Topic C: Statistics 
Tagging and rating statics 
Sharing tagging and rating data with portlets 

Lab 6: Enabling and configuring tagging and rating 
Objectives
Task 1: Enabling or disabling tagging and rating for portal users
Task 2: Enabling and adding words to the blacklist 
Task 3: Working with whitelist filters

Lesson 7. Attribute-based administration 
Objectives 
Topic A: Personalization rules 
Rules 
Exploring campaigns 
Topic B: Administering the portal using attribute-based techniques 
Access control and visibility rules 
Policies 
Error condition behavior 
Topic C: Defining attribute-based administration 
Examining visibility rules 
Exploring interactions between security and rules 
Handling errors 
Topic D: Creating and managing visibility rules 
Applying visibility rules to pages and portlets

Lab 7: Creating rules 
Objectives 
Task 1: Verifying that WebSphere Portal is started and logging in 
Verifying that WebSphere Portal is started 
Logging in to WebSphere Portal 
Task 2: Validating the ability to apply rules to a portlet 
Task 3: Working with visibility rules 
Creating a visibility rule 
Applying the new rule to a portlet 
Creating and applying a visibility rule to a page

Lesson 8. Virtual portals and realms 
Objectives 
Topic A: Virtual portals and multiple realms 
Defining virtual portals 
Defining realms 
Virtual portals with multiple realms
Topic B: VMM realm configuration files 
Topic C: Creating a realm 
Topic D: Creating a virtual portal 
Using the Virtual Portal Manager portlet 
Using the ConfigEngine create-virtual-portal task 
Topic E: Scoped and non-scoped resources 
Defining scoped resources
Defining non-scoped resources 
Topic F: Virtual portal provisioning script

Lab 8: Configuring realms and virtual portals
Objectives
Task 1: Creating a new user realm 
Task 2: Creating a virtual portal

Lesson 9. IBM Syndicated Feed Portlet 
Objectives 
Topic A: IBM Syndicated Feed Portlet 
Proxy for the portlet 
Configuration options for administrators 
Management implications 
Topic B: Feeds 
SSL feeds 
Client-side aggregation 
Cookies and feeds 
Portlet proxies

Lab 9: Working with the IBM Syndicated Feed Portlet 
Objectives 
Task 1: Adding and configuring a syndicated portlet

Lesson 10. Mashup integration 
Objectives 
Topic A: Defining mashups and iWidgets 
Mashups 
iWidgets 
WebSphere Portal and iWidgets 
Adding an iWidget to a page 
Topic B: Integrating mashups 
Enabling the Mashups tab 
Adding a new widget

Lab 10: Installing and configuring an iWidget 
Objectives 
Considerations 
Task 1: Enabling mashup integration 
Task 2: Adding an iWidget 
Task 3: Getting 
started with customizing iWidget attributes

Lesson 11. WebSphere Portal search 
Objectives 
Topic A: Comparing search options 
Search collections 
Topic B: Working with WebSphere Portal search 
Search scope 
Search links 
External Search Results portlet

Lab 11: Using external search engines 
Objectives 
Task 1: Configuring external search scopes 
Task 2: Configuring the External Search Results portlet 
Updating the Ajax proxy 
Configuring the External Search Result portlet

Lesson 12. Other administrative portlets 
Objectives 
Topic A: Portal clients 
Existing client support 
Adding support for new clients 
Topic B: Web clippings 
Defining web clippings 
Using the Web Clipping Editor to import content 
Topic C: URL mapping 
Defining URL mappings 
Creating a URL mapping 
Topic D: Custom names 
Defining custom names 
Creating custom names

Lab 12: Performing miscellaneous administration tasks 
Objectives 
Task 1: Using web clippings to import content 
Creating a new page 
Task 2: Creating a URL mapping 
Task 3: Creating custom names

Lesson 13. WebSphere Portal usage analysis 
Objectives 
Topic A: Monitoring portal usage 
Data points available on the server side 
Enabling server-side logging 
Reading the log files 
Topic B: Active Site Analytics for user behavior analysis 
Samples and custom aggregator 
Adding an aggregator to a page 
Aggregators and themes

Lab 13: Enabling and reading the logs 
Objectives 
Task 1: Enabling site analysis logging 
Task 2: Reviewing the log

Lesson 14. Theme architecture 
Objectives 
Topic A: Client-side aggregation versus server-side aggregation 
Page aggregation concepts 
Understanding aggregation options 
Topic B: Portal customization and branding 
Defining and creating a brand 
Defining themes and skins 
Implementing a theme 
Adding themes 
Applying a theme

Lesson 15. Installing WebSphere Portal 
Objectives 
Topic A: Options, methods, and sources for installing WebSphere Portal 
The Base option 
The Full option 
Installation methods 
Profiles 
Topic B: Configuring WebSphere Portal 
Developer mode 
Empty portal 

Lab 15: Installing WebSphere Portal Server 
Objective 

Lesson 16. Configuring WebSphere Portal 
Objectives 
Topic A: Working with the ConfigEngine and the Configuration Wizard 
ConfigEngine overview 
ConfigEngine Wizard overview 
How the ConfigEngine works 
Topic B: Configuring the database 
Configuration tasks for the database 
Properties for the database configuration 
Topic C: Using profiles 
Profile types 
Considerations for multiple profiles 
Creating profiles

Lab 16: Configuring the portal database 
Objectives 
Task 1: Configuring the database 
Creating DB2 databases 
Migrating databases to DB2 
Task 2: Verifying the data transfer

Lesson 17. Security for WebSphere Portal 
Objectives 
Topic A: LDAP-based authentication 
Overview of LDAP-based authentication 
Topic B: Portal security 
Authentication 
VMM and LDAP integration 
Stand-alone LDAPs, federated repositories, and multiple LDAPs 
Security for immediate use 
Custom LDAP integration 
Property extension database (formerly the Look-aside database) 
External security managers

Lab 17: Enabling portal security using an LDAP repository 
Objectives 
Task 1: Checking existing users and groups 
Task 2: Editing security property settings 
Modifying security properties 
Restarting WebSphere_Portal 
Changing the WebSphere Portal administrator and administration group 
Restarting WebSphere_Portal 
Task 3: Testing the new security settings

Lesson 18. Creating a cell 
Objectives 
Topic A: Network deployment overview 
Concepts 
Architecture 
Topic B: Creating a cell 
Installing network deployment 
Creating and working with the deployment manager profile

Lab 18: Creating a portal cell 
Objectives 
Task 1: Stopping WebSphere Portal Server, if needed 
Task 2: Installing the Deployment Manager 
Task 3: Starting and configuring the Deployment Manager 
Starting the Deployment Manager 
Configuring the Deployment Manager 
Increasing the HTTP connection timeout 
Setting the requestTimeout for the Java management extensions connector
Changing the maximum Java heap size 
Creating a WebSphere Portal administrator group 
Changing the SOAP timeout

Lesson 19. Federating a portal node into a cell 
Objectives 
Topic A: Federating and clustering a WebSphere Portal node 
Planning 
Administrative tools 
Federating the node 
Topic B: Managing a WebSphere Portal cluster 
Starting and stopping the node agent

Lab 19: Federating and clustering the primary node 
Objectives 
Task 1: Creating the WebSphere Portal profile template 
Task 2: Preparing the deployment manager 
Task 3: Federating and clustering the primary node 
Federating the node 
Creating a static cluster 
Creating the cluster definition and adding WebSphere_Portal to the cluster
Verifying that the cluster was created 
Lesson 20. Troubleshooting 
Objectives 
Topic A: Overview of troubleshooting 
Logs 
Logging and tracking 
IBM Support Assistant-lite 
Topic B: Tools for troubleshooting 
Tracing

Lab 20: Troubleshooting a portal 
Objectives 
Task 1: Restarting all servers and checking runtime log files 
Stopping the portal, node agent, and deployment manager on all nodes 
Deleting the log files for the servers 
Starting the deployment manager and node agent and examining the log files 
Starting the portal nodes 
Starting the portal server from the administrative console 
Using the administrative console to examine the SystemOut and SystemErr 
logs for each server 
Task 2: Enabling tracing for portal components 
Changing the detail level for tracing on the first cluster member 
Restarting WebSphere Portal 
Examining the startup trace information in the tracelog file 
Logging in to the portal and examining the trace log 
Task 3: Working with the IBM Support Assistant 
Task 4: Using the Tivoli Performance Viewer 
Starting the performance viewer 
Monitoring the portal servlet 
Examining the Tivoli Performance Viewer performance advisor 
Exiting the Tivoli Performance Viewer and disabling monitoring on the servers 
Cleaning up your desktop

Lesson 21. XML Access 
Objectives 
Topic A: The XML configuration interface for WebSphere Portal 
Overview of the XML configuration interface 
Working with the XML configuration interface tool 
Topic B: Examples of when to use XML Access 
Exporting configurations

Lab 21: Using XML Access 
Objectives 
Task 1: Generating a full export of the WebSphere Portal 70 configuration 
Task 2: Verifying that the export process ran successfully

Lesson 22. Production topologies 
Objectives 
Topic A: Production topologies 
Distributed or stand-alone 
Vertical cluster 
Horizontal cluster 
Portal farms, cloud computing, and network deployment infrastructures
Topic B: Building a development- and a production-ready deployment 
Planning 
Considerations 
Topic C: Reducing single points of failure 
Portal infrastructure 
Approaches for reducing single points of failure 
Topic D: Enabling redundancy for configuration data 
Defining configuration data 
Topic E: Evaluating data requirements 
Topic F: Database split options 
Defining database split options 
Topic G: Configuring databases for failover 
Database failover support options 
Defining scalability 
Topic H: Capacity planning considerations 
Topic I: Web Services for Remote Portlets 
Defining WSRP 
Benefits of WSRP

Lesson 23. Managing portlets in WebSphere Portal clusters 
Objectives 
Topic A: Deploying portlets in a cluster 
Clustered portlet deployment task 
Clustered portlet deployment process 
Topic B: Installing or updating a portlet in a cluster 
Topic C: Synchronizing nodes 
Topic D: Using XML Access in a cluster

Lesson 24. Staging to production 
Objectives 
Topic A: Moving from a staging to a production environment 
Staging versus production 
Determining what is moved into production 
Topic B: Reviewing the release life cycle 
Overview of the release life cycle 
Topic C: Staging system and production system 
Defining the staging environment 
Defining the production environment 
Topic D: Implementing releases 
Defining releases 
Managing releases 
Topic E: Using Release Builder 
Defining Release Builder 
Executing Release Builder 
Exploring release scenarios 
Topic F: Moving artifacts manually 
Identifying artifacts not supported by Release Builder 
Moving artifacts manually from staging to production

Lab 24: Deploying resources from staging to production 
Objectives 
Task 1: Exporting the release from production 
Exporting the current configuration using XML Access 
Verifying that the export process ran successfully 
Task 2: Moving staging resources to production 
Task 3: Running Release Builder to create a differential release 
Task 4: Importing a differential release (production server) 
Importing the differential release 
Verifying that the XML Access command ran successfully 
Activating the portlet

Lesson 25. Production procedures 
Objectives 
Topic A: Backup procedures for the production environment 
Topic B: Applying updates in the production environment 
Applying WebSphere Application Server updates 
Applying WebSphere Portal updates

 

 

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