Installing JBoss 7.1.1.Final on Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS

Introduction

In this tutorial, we will demonstrate how to download, install, start and stop a JBoss 7.1.1.Final server on Ubuntu 12.04. We use OpenJDK 6 for this tutorial. This is the same installation procedure we use to create our Open Source Architect JBoss 7.1.1.Final Ubuntu ami.

This tutorial consists of the following steps:

  • Step 1: JDK installation and verification
  • Step 2: Download JBoss and the installation procedure
  • Step 3: Create the appropriate user
  • Step 4: Start our new JBoss server and verify that the server has started properly
  • Step 5: Stop the new JBoss server and verify that the server has shutdown properly
Step 1: JDK Installation and verification

The first step before installing JBoss AS 7, is to install a JDK. Any JDK can be used, such as Sun JDK, OpenJDK, IBM JDK, or JRocket etc. We chose Open JDK 6 for this tutorial, because it is the new Java reference implementation starting with Java 7.

NOTE: JDK 7 and above can also be used with JBoss. A JRE is also sufficient to run JBoss 7, however a JRE does not include some of the additional feature of a JDK.

Installing OpenJDK:
Issue the following command to install the JDK:

$ sudo apt-get clean
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install openjdk-6-jdk
Confirming the install:

Issue the following command to confirm that the proper version of the JDK is on your classpath:

$ java -version

NOTE: For our installation, we are not defining a explicit JAVA_HOME for JBoss AS 7. The default works in this situation, because we don’t have multiple java versions installed. For most production environments with multiple versions of Java, it is recommended to set the JAVA_HOME in the standalone.conf or domain.conf files.

Step 2: Download JBoss and the installation procedure

The next step is to download the appropriate version of JBoss AS 7. We will download the .zip version of JBoss AS 7, and install it using the unzip utility.

Downloading JBoss AS 7.1.1.Final:

Issue the following wget to download jboss-as-7.1.1.Final.zip:

$ wget http://download.jboss.org/jbossas/7.1/jboss-as-7.1.1.Final/jboss-as-7.1.1.Final.zip

NOTE: jboss-as-7.1.1.Final.zip can also be downloaded with your favorite browser from the http://www.jboss.org/jbossas/downloads/ page.

Installing JBoss AS 7.1.1.Final:

Next, we issue the following unzip command to finally install jboss-as-7.1.1.Final in the /opt directory:

sudo unzip jboss-as-7.1.1.Final.zip -d /usr/share/

Alternatively, any directory can be chosen for the JBoss 7 installation.

Step 3: Create the appropriate user

Now that JBoss AS 7, is installed, we need to make sure that we create a user with the appropriate privileges. It is never a good idea to run JBoss as root for various reasons.

Create the new user:

We create a new user called jboss by issuing the following command:

$ sudo adduser jboss

Alternatively, any username can be used.

Change ownership of the installation directory:

We need to assign the appropriate ownership to the installation directory for the newly created jboss user by issuing the command:

$ sudo chown -fR jboss.jboss /usr/share/jboss-as-7.1.1.Final/
Switch user to the jboss user:

We switch to the jBoss user, so that this new installation can be administered properly. It is not recommended to administer JBoss as root.

$ su jboss
Change directory to the jboss bin directory:

Now, lets change directories to the JBoss bin directory. This dorectory contains the necessary scripts to start, stop and manage your JBoss installation.

$ cd /usr/share/jboss-as-7.1.1.Final/bin
Add a jboss management user:

The final step before we start JBoss, is to add a management user. This is an internal JBoss management user, necessary to access the new JBoss management console.

$ ./add-user.sh

You should see the following message on the console after executing the command:

What type of user do you wish to add?

a) Management User (mgmt-users.properties)

b) Application User (application-users.properties)

(a): a

We select “a”, next you should see the following message:

Enter the details of the new user to add.

Realm (ManagementRealm) :

Username : jboss

Password :

Re-enter Password :

* hit enter for Realm to use default, then provide a username and password

We select the default value for the Realm (ManagementRealm), by hitting enter, and select “jboss” as our username. By default, we supply “jb0ss” as our password, of course, you can provide any password you prefer here.

Step 4: Start the JBoss AS 7 server:

Once the appropriate JBoss users are created, we are now ready to start our new JBoss AS 7 server. With JBoss AS 7, a new standalone and domain model has been introduced. In this tutorial, we focus on starting up a standalone server. The domain server will be part of a future tutorial.

Startup a JBoss 7, standalone instance:

A standalone instance of JBoss 7 can be starting by executing:

$ ./standalone.sh -Djboss.bind.address=0.0.0.0 -Djboss.bind.address.management=0.0.0.0&

NOTE: By default, JBoss 7 will only bind to localhost. This does not allow any remote access to your jboss server. For our amazon aws installation, we define the jboss.bind.address property as 0.0.0.0 and jboss.bin.address.management property to 0.0.0.0 as well. This allows us to access the remote JBoss amazon instance over the internet. We could have also defined the hostname of the ami or the ip address. However, unless an elastic ip is used, this value can change. This is why we opted for 0.0.0.0.

You should see the following messages on the console after executing the command for a successful startup:

=========================================================================
JBoss Bootstrap Environment
JBOSS_HOME: /usr/share/jboss-as-7.1.1.Final
JAVA: java
JAVA_OPTS: -server -XX:+UseCompressedOops -XX:+TieredCompilation -Xms64m -Xmx512m -XX:MaxPermSize=256m -Djava.net.preferIPv4Stack=true -Dorg.jboss.resolver.warning=true -Dsun.rmi.dgc.client.gcInterval=3600000 -Dsun.rmi.dgc.server.gcInterval=3600000 -Djboss.modules.system.pkgs=org.jboss.byteman -Djava.awt.headless=true -Djboss.server.default.config=standalone.xml
=========================================================================
19:33:50,736 INFO [org.jboss.modules] JBoss Modules version 1.1.1.GA
19:33:51,152 INFO [org.jboss.msc] JBoss MSC version 1.0.2.GA
19:33:51,251 INFO [org.jboss.as] JBAS015899: JBoss AS 7.1.1.Final “Brontes” starting
19:33:53,297 INFO [org.xnio] XNIO Version 3.0.3.GA
19:33:53,325 INFO [org.jboss.as.server] JBAS015888: Creating http management service using socket-binding (management-http)
19:33:53,350 INFO [org.xnio.nio] XNIO NIO Implementation Version 3.0.3.GA
19:33:53,388 INFO [org.jboss.remoting] JBoss Remoting version 3.2.3.GA
19:33:53,467 INFO [org.jboss.as.logging] JBAS011502: Removing bootstrap log handlers
19:33:53,479 INFO [org.jboss.as.configadmin] (ServerService Thread Pool — 26) JBAS016200: Activating ConfigAdmin Subsystem
19:33:53,505 INFO [org.jboss.as.clustering.infinispan] (ServerService Thread Pool — 31) JBAS010280: Activating Infinispan subsystem.
19:33:53,643 INFO [org.jboss.as.security] (ServerService Thread Pool — 44) JBAS013101: Activating Security Subsystem
19:33:53,650 INFO [org.jboss.as.osgi] (ServerService Thread Pool — 39) JBAS011940: Activating OSGi Subsystem
19:33:53,668 INFO [org.jboss.as.naming] (ServerService Thread Pool — 38) JBAS011800: Activating Naming Subsystem
19:33:53,654 INFO [org.jboss.as.webservices] (ServerService Thread Pool — 48) JBAS015537: Activating WebServices Extension
19:33:53,996 INFO [org.jboss.as.security] (MSC service thread 1-1) JBAS013100: Current PicketBox version=4.0.7.Final
19:33:54,140 INFO [org.jboss.as.connector.subsystems.datasources] (ServerService Thread Pool — 27) JBAS010403: Deploying JDBC-compliant driver class org.h2.Driver (version 1.3)
19:33:54,189 INFO [org.jboss.as.connector] (MSC service thread 1-2) JBAS010408: Starting JCA Subsystem (JBoss IronJacamar 1.0.9.Final)
19:33:54,221 INFO [org.jboss.as.naming] (MSC service thread 1-2) JBAS011802: Starting Naming Service
19:33:54,708 INFO [org.jboss.ws.common.management.AbstractServerConfig] (MSC service thread 1-2) JBoss Web Services – Stack CXF Server 4.0.2.GA
19:33:54,731 INFO [org.jboss.as.mail.extension] (MSC service thread 1-1) JBAS015400: Bound mail session [java language=”:jboss/mail/Default”][/java] 19:33:55,030 INFO [org.apache.coyote.http11.Http11Protocol] (MSC service thread 1-1) Starting Coyote HTTP/1.1 on http–0.0.0.0-8080
19:33:56,108 INFO [org.jboss.as.server.deployment.scanner] (MSC service thread 1-2) JBAS015012: Started FileSystemDeploymentService for directory /usr/share/jboss-as-7.1.1.Final/standalone/deployments
19:33:56,211 INFO [org.jboss.as.remoting] (MSC service thread 1-1) JBAS017100: Listening on /0.0.0.0:9999
19:33:56,222 INFO [org.jboss.as.remoting] (MSC service thread 1-1) JBAS017100: Listening on /0.0.0.0:4447
19:33:56,270 INFO [org.jboss.as.connector.subsystems.datasources] (MSC service thread 1-1) JBAS010400: Bound data source [java language=”:jboss/datasources/ExampleDS”][/java] 19:33:56,464 INFO [org.jboss.as] (Controller Boot Thread) JBAS015951: Admin console listening on http://0.0.0.0:9990
19:33:56,465 INFO [org.jboss.as] (Controller Boot Thread) JBAS015874: JBoss AS 7.1.1.Final “Brontes” started in 6117ms – Started 133 of 208 services (74 services are passive or on-demand)

Test your JBoss 7 installation:

A good indication of a successful startup is that you can login to the JBoss admin console. Type in the following in your browser window, where yourip should be replaced with the address of your amazon ami:
http://yourip::9990/

This should provide you access to the new admin console, which will be the topic of a future tutorial.

Step 5: Stop the JBoss AS 7 server:

After successfully starting up JBoss 7, let’s demonstrate how to shut your JBoss server down in this section.

Shutdown a JBoss 7 instance:

To shutdown your JBoss 7 server, execute the following command:

$ ./jboss-cli.sh --connect command=:shutdown

Just like most of our tutorials, if you want to test the final result of this tutorial, |opensourcearchitect| has provided a complete JBoss 7 installation as an AMI here:
us-east-1 EBS 64bit ami-8be64ce2

This AMI was created following this tutorial and serves as the end result for your reference or use.

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