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Update Center Quick Start

Getting Started with the Update Center

The Update Center is an open source project released with GlassFish V2. It provides a simple download and installation experience of additional applications for GlassFish.

Contents

The Update Center Tabs
Using the Update Center
Setting Up Automatic Updates
Components Available through the Update Center

The Update Center Tabs

The Update Center interface includes the following tabs:

Available Updates

The Available Updates tab shows when updates are available for installation. It shows the basic details about each software component and identifies if the component is new and if a restart will be required when this module is installed. You can select the desired component from the table and click install. The Details section of the window shows more information for the component selected in the table.

Installed Software

The Installed Software tab shows the software components currently installed. Notice that the modules are categorized in associated groupings. The Details section of the window shows more information for the installed software including technical specifications, product support, documentation, and other useful resources.

Available Software

The Available Software tab shows all the software components available for installation through the Update Center. Notice that the modules are categorized in associated groupings. The Details section of the window shows more information for the installed software including technical specifications, product support, documentation and other useful resources.

Preferences

The Preferences tab lets you configure the Update Center settings and specify a schedule for the updates. From the Preferences tab, you can add or edit custom update centers.

Using the Update Center

Before you can use the Update Center, you must have GlassFish V2 installed. Download GlassFish V2 at the GlassFish Website.

To launch the Updatetool:

  1. From the GlassFish installation directory, navigate to the Update Center installation at <GlassFish_v2_install_dir>\updatecenter\bin.
  2. Launch the Updatetool by typing: updatetool.

    The Update Center Interface displays.

    Update Center Interface

    By default, the Available Software tab is selected displaying the components that are available for an update.

    If there are no components listed, you may be behind a proxy server. To connect the Update Center to the proxy server:

    • Select the Preferences tab.
    • Check the "Connect through a proxy server" check-box.
    • Provide the proxy server name and port number.
    • If the proxy server requires authentication, select the "Proxies require authentication" checkbox and provide the username and password.
    • Select Save.

  3. Select the Available Software tab once again to display the components that are available for an update.
  4. From the list of components, select Java EE Blueprints, Java EE 5 Tutorial, and Java EE 5 API Documentation.

    Notice that the Java EE Samples is also automatically selected. The Update Center automatically detects dependencies between components and automatically selects all the required components for a complete software update installation.

  5. Select Install.
  6. Accept the license agreements.

When the installation is completed, the installed components are no longer displayed in Available Software tab. You can view these newly installed components in the Installed Software tab.

Setting Up Automatic Updates

To Schedule an Update:

  1. Select the Preferences tab.
  2. In the Update Scheduling section, select an update schedule from the drop-down menu.
  3. Select the desired time for the update.
  4. Click any or all the notification methods.

    If Install Updates Automatically is selected, then the Download Updates Automatically # is grayed and selected since these fields are associated with each other.

  5. Click Save to save your settings.

The Update Center automatically checks for updates based on the schedule you define in the Update Scheduling section of the Preferences tab. However, you can also check for an update at anytime using the Check for Updates button. If any updates are available, they are displayed in the Available Updates tab.

Components Available through the Update Center

The following components are available for update through the Update Center:
  • Java EE BluePrints
  • Java EE 5 Samples
  • Java EE 5 Tutorial
  • Java EE 5 API Documentation
  • Jersey
  • JMaki
  • JRuby on GlassFish
  • Open ESB
  • Open ESB BluePrints
  • Access Manager 7.1
  • Access Manager BluePrints
  • Portlet Container
  • Portlet Container BluePrints
  • Social Software

More components are being added every day, so check the Update Center frequently.

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