Administration Course Details

Administration Course Details

Overview of IBM WebSphere DataPower SOA Appliances

Learning Objectives 
  • Explain the role of XML in a service-oriented architecture (SOA) 
  • Define and describe common use cases for the IBM WebSphere DataPower SOA Appliances 
  • Compare and contrast features in the IBM WebSphere 
  • DataPower SOA Appliance product line 
  • DataPower architectures 
Learning Objectives 
  • Describe best practices for deploying DataPower appliances in an enterprise architecture 
  • Learning Objectives 
  • Describe the new functions introduced 
  • Connect to the command-line interface (CLI) using a serial port 
  • Enable the Web management interface using CLI 
  • Identify the supported network services 
  • Prepare the hard drives or flash drive 
  • Describe file transfer support 
  • Determine specific port numbers for subsequent exercises 
  • Download and install the required software 

  • Configure an FTP Poller Front Side Handler 
  • Code a url-open extension element to GET and PUT a file from an FTP server 
  • DataPower variables and extensions 

Learning Objectives
  • Deploy XSLT stylesheets that utilize DataPower extension functions 
  • Hands-on 
  • Write a routing style sheet that uses an external routing XML file 
  • Create a Web service proxy service with a no cache XML manager 
  • Create a basic service policy that uses a remote XSL style sheet to perform dynamic routing using an external file 
  • Message enrichment with DataPower SQL functionality 

Learning Objectives
  • Use DataPower appliances to enable information as a service and perform message enrichment 
  • Perform SQL queries on a database from a DataPower service policy 
  • Execute database stored procedures in a DataPower service policy 

  • Create a SQL Data Source 
  • Access a SQL database using an sql action 
  • Access a SQL database using the sql-execute() extension function 
  • Access control using DataPower security policies 

Learning Objectives 
  • Identify the security technologies supported by DataPower appliances 
  • Implement access control using an access management system such as Tivoli Access Manager 
  • Implement single sign-on between a DataPower appliance and a back-end application server 
  • Define WS-Policies 
  • Building custom security policies using the AAA framework 

Learning Objectives 
  • Identify the steps in a AAA policy 
  • Customize a AAA policy using the AAA framework 

  • Enforce access control using LDAP in a AAA policy 
  • Create a custom style sheet for the Extract Identity step 
  • Customize the Authenticate step using LDAP extension functions 
  • Performing binary transformations using WebSphere Transformation Extender 

Learning Objectives 
  • Describe the WebSphere Transformation Extender Type Designer and Map Designer 
  • Create a policy rule that uses the WebSphere Transformation Extender map files to transform between Extensible Markup Language (XML) and non-XML documents 

  • Configure DataPower to use a WTX that was created by WTX Design Studio 
  • Use the xformbin action to transform between XML and COBOL 
  • Using FTP with DataPower 

Learning Objectives 
  • Describe the functionality of the FTP protocol 
  • Describe how DataPower appliances can be used with FTP Secure FTP (FTPS), and SSH File Transfer Protocol (SFTP) 
  • Configure the FTP SFTP and FTP over Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol handlers 
  • Use the url-open extension function to programmatically use the FTP protocol 
  • Managing firmware 

Learning Objectives 
  • Download the appropriate firmware based on the appliance configuration 
  • Perform firmware upgrades using the Web management interface and CLI 
  • DataPower services overview 

Learning Objectives 
  • List the services supported on the DataPower appliance 
  • Compare and contrast the features supported by each DataPower appliance 
  • List the service types 
  • DataPower administration overview 

Learning Objectives 
  • List the methods that can be used to administer the DataPower appliance 
  • Work with files on the DataPower appliance 
  • Determine the status of various aspects of the appliance 
  • Perform secure backup and restore 
  • Quiesce traffic to the appliance 
  • Managing domains 

Learning Objectives 
  • Create user accounts, user groups, and domains using the WebGUI 
  • Restrict access to objects within a domain using the role-based management (RBM) policy builder 
  • Perform WebGUI authentication using the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) 

  • Configure an authentication, authorization, and auditing (AAA) policy to authenticate users using IBM Tivoli Directory Server 
  • Configure a AAA policy to authorize users using an XML file 
  • CLI administration 

Learning Objectives 
  • Log on to the CLI interface using the SSH service 
  • Create DataPower objects using the CLI interface 
  • Perform scripting operations using the exec command 

  • Create user accounts that can access the CLI interface 
  • Import domain configuration from an external HTTP server using the CLI interface 
  • Modify references to cryptographic objects using the CLI interface 
  • Clustering and failover 

Learning Objectives 
  • Implement a standby configuration for failover of DataPower appliances 
  • Use hardware load balancers to manage traffic entering into a cluster of DataPower appliances 
  • Send messages from a DataPower load balancer group to a set of servers running in a cluster 
  • XML Management Interface 

Learning Objectives 
  • Configure the XML management interface to enable SOAP requests 
  • Submit requests to the XML management interface to modify service configuration 

  • Retrieve status information from the DataPower appliance using the XML management interface 
  • Create DataPower objects using the XML management interface 
  • Modify service objects using the XML management interface 
  • Export domain configuration using the XML management interface 
  • Troubleshooting 

Learning Objectives 
  • Configure the default system log for debugging 
  • Identify the troubleshooting tools available on the DataPower appliance 
  • Explain how to configure a multi-step probe to conduct message-level debugging 

  • Set up and analyze the default system logs 
  • Configure a multi-step probe to conduct message-level process debugging 
  • Apply and roll back firmware changes to a set of DataPower appliances from a single user interface 
  • Back up device and domain configuration onto the local file system 
  • Explain how IBM Tivoli Composite Application for SOA differs from IBM Tivoli Composite Application Manager System Edition and the WebSphere Application Server V7 DataPower Appliance Manager 
  • DataPower cryptographic tools and SSL setup 

Learning Objectives 
  • Describe how to generate cryptographic keys using the DataPower tools 
  • Create a crypto identification credential object containing matching public and private keys 
  • Create a crypto validation credential to validate certificates 
  • Set up certificate monitoring to ensure that certificates are up to date 
  • Configure a DataPower appliance to communicate using Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) 
  • Associate an SSL proxy profile with keys and certificates 
  • Configure a user agent to initiate requests 

  • Generate cryptographic keys using the DataPower crypto tools 
  • Create a crypto identification credential using a crypto key and certificate object 
  • Validate certificates using a validation credential object 
  • Create an SSL proxy profile to accept SSL connections from a client 
  • Logging and log targets 

Learning Objectives 
  • Describe the publish/subscribe model of log targets and log events 
  • Define log levels, event categories, and event codes 
  • Create a log target to capture messages generated by objects on the appliance 
  • Configure a log target to write messages to an external system 
  • Use xsl:message to write event and message data from within a stylesheet 
  • Configure a log action 
  • Describe the purpose of a Management Information Base (MIB) 
  • Enable Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) support in the appliance 
  • Limit access to the SNMP data 
  • Configure an SNMP trap/notification 

  • Test log target configuration using the Generate Log Event action 
  • Create a log target that subscribes to specific log categories 
  • Create a log target that sends log messages to an external logging system 
  • Use IBM Tivoli Composite Application Manager System Edition to view Management Information Base (MIB) information about the DataPower appliance 
  • Configuration migration 

Learning Objectives 
  • Migrate domain configuration from a development environment to production 
  • Use host aliases in a service configuration to avoid hard-coding of network addresses 
  • Identify development best practices to ensure the smooth exporting of configurations 

  • Configure a domain for remote configuration mode 
  • Define an Import Configuration File (import package) 
  • Create an Include Configuration File 
  • Use an identity document to externalize site-specific information 
  • Appliance management tools 

Learning Objectives 
  • Use IBM Tivoli Composite Application Manager System Edition and the WebSphere Application Server V7 
  • Administrative tools to: Version domains when the configuration changes on a DataPower appliance 
  • Service monitoring 

Learning Objectives 

  • List the internal and external monitoring options for DataPower services 
  • Describe the sanctioning actions that can be enforced when a service’s traffic exceeds the defined threshold 
  • Specify anti-virus checking for a service

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