Do I have to install Websphere application server on my desktop for development or can I copy a server configuration


I was told once that if I copy the working directory of a WAS server from say a unit test environment to my desktop and change the machine name in server.xml to localhost that I would not have to install WAS on my desktop.  Can someone please verify and tell me what version specifically this might work in?

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HonorGodSoftware EngineerCommented:
Unless you can remotely connect to it, you will need to install it locally.

Don't "copy the working directory of a WAS server and change the machine name in server.xml to localhost"
starchild87Author Commented:
Yes, the unit test server is in the same network and I can remotely connect to it.  So this works to inherit the jdbc connections and configuration settings?  Also, what else do i need, just the JRE?
HonorGodSoftware EngineerCommented:
Are you trying to develop Java applications that will execute on the AppServer?

Then I would use something like RAD, or if you don't have the $ for that, maybe just Eclipse, to develop the the application EAR file.  Then, I would either use Rapid Deployment to "automatically" deploy your updated application, or some wsadmin script(s) to deploy it for you to the AppServer.  Then I would test it.

This could be done "remotely" (i.e., develop on your workstation, or laptop, with the AppServer running elsewhere).

Does this make sense?

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starchild87Author Commented:
I will use eclipse as mentioned.

HonorGodSoftware EngineerCommented:
Good luck & have a great day.
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