Posted by: cmani2010 | February 24, 2006

Sun Portal server 7 is hot !!

I have been using the Sun Portal server for some years now, in its various incarnations iPlanet portal server 6.x, Sun One Portal server etc. I have got to tell you, Sun Java Portal Server 7, just blew me away. This is not an exaggeration, it is packed with many many new features, which previously required a lot of customization and sometimes required third party tools. I will be blogging periodically on PS 7, when I get time, yes I do “real” work also 😉

Disclaimer: The official docs are the final authority, and take precedence 😉

Some gotchas while installing:
1. Sun Portal server 7.0 has come after JES 4 (2005Q4), and is currently a separate product.
2. You REALLY need more than 1 GB RAM, if you are gonna be using all the whizbang features of PS 7.0 and more importantly, if you are gonna use the Application server as the container.
3. There are some swap requirements, please check the install guide.

The most important features (and some handy tips for somebody who has used the old Sun portal server) are:

1. A brand new admin interface, in which among other things, you can deploy and undeploy portlets. You can access it via and use amadmin userid and password. No, they dont yet have the feature for deploying portlets from your desktop (the portlet war file got to be on the server), probably the next version will have this feature (I would love it from a ease of development perspective)).

2. A mind boggling user based tracking and logging interface. All kinds of reports in both pdf and html, can now be generated

This required third party tools before.

3. Fantastic sample portals, that can be customized and used to get started quickly. The Community sample, has a wiki (JSPWiki) and other community features (use userid/password: test/test). The enterprise portal is a adventure sports sample, with a nice jazzy interface (use userid/password: ed/ed). The developer portal is a new version of the old portal interface, with more features thrown in ((use userid/password: developer/developer). Use the Access manager interface to check the user ids and password used for the sample portals.

Community portal:

Enterprise portal:

Developer portal :

The above features are just the tip of the iceberg, there are many features, which I am yet to discover !!


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