James, WSAD 5 and above come with a full (single server, limited) WAS instance. So you can access it from the command line or admin console. You still have to have some mechanism for creating the ear. And you have to configure things yourself if you don't want to use the IBM xmi files. In WSAD 4, I wouldn't attempt it.
What is the reason you don't want to use WSAD? If it is because you already have a process for creating the ear, you should be fine.
Well tbh, I find WSAD extremely slow and complicated. I like the speed and flexibility of eclipse in conjunction with MyEclipse. I like the fact that I can keep more upto date with eclipse and jdk releases, that I can deploy to multiple types of servers. Mainly that I feel I'm more in control of whats going on, using wizards etc is great but when things go wrong... anyway I didn't mean to go on a WSAD rant, I'm sure loads of ppl love it.
I can create vendor independent ear files using eclipse/MyEclipse, and I managed to start-up the WSAD embedded WAS4 server, but I couldn't actually deploy my simple ear file.
I started down the path of hacking server-config.xml and copying/amending the xmi-files from the sampleApp, when I realised that this would be a complete chore on a daily basis.
Could you point me in the right direction of getting started with using the commandline tools, presumably I need to use something to a) IBM-ify my ear file or b) generate an IBM friendly ear file from my constituent parts..
Forget about WAS4, WAS5 is where I should be concentrating..