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Application Client machine setup and delployment

 
Mike Dee
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My company is considering the use of a standalone J2EE application client for a system within the company. We are trying to assess how difficult it is going to be to intially deploy the application client and to also deploy periodic updates to the application client. I have several questions and would appeciate anyone's assistance and wisdom:
1. What is required to be installed on a client to run an application client that is accessing EJBs on a Websphere 4.0 server? I am currently able to to run my client by running the "launchClient.bat" file located in the \WEbsphere\AppServer\bin directory, but I can't seem to figure out how to launch the application client from an end-user machine that doesn't have the app server installed on it. Numerous searches on Google allude to the existence of a Websphere Appplication Client install CD, but I can't seem to locate any documentation of this on IBM's site.
2. Given whatever the answer to nubmer #1 above is, is it then further possible to create one JAR file that contains all the needed runtime and support software from #1 above as well as the application client (my code)? My motivation for this is that I want to use WebStart to deploy the application client and it appears that WebStart requires everything to be packaged into one JAR file. The end goal is for a new user to be able to use WebStart to click a link on a web browser and have everything needed to run the application client downloaded and installed.
Thanks for any help you can give.

-Mike
 
Kyle Brown
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I don't think the application client was a separate CD in WAS 4.0 (although it is in 4.0) instead it was one of the options when you choose "custom installation" from the standard install CD.
To accomplish the second piece (which is an interesting possibility by the way) you will need to use the WebSphere pluggable application client for the Sun JVM (which I asume you're using since you're using WebStart). It should work, but I've never verified that it will work on WebStart. If it does, we'd love to hear your experiences posted back here!
Kyle
 
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