WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 Performance Tuning – ZA815G SPVC

Short Summary

This course teaches you how to monitor and tune WebSphere Application Servers for improved performance.



Course Code: ZA815G

Brand: Management & Platform

Category: Cloud

Skill Level: Intermediate

Duration: 28.00H

Modality: SPVC




This intermediate course is designed for anyone who works on WebSphere related applications and projects, including administrators, IBM Business Partners, independent software vendors, and consultants.



You should have:

  • WebSphere administration skills, which you can gain through practical experience with administering a WebSphere Application Server environment or by successfully completing one of these courses:
    • WebSphere Application Server V8.5 Administration (WA585G, no longer available)
    • WebSphere Application Server V8.5 Administration (ZA585G, no longer available)
    • WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 Administration (WA855G)
    • WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 Administration (ZA855G)
  • Basic operating skills for the Linux operating system



This course is also available as classroom course WebSphere Application Server V8.5.5 Performance Tuning (WA815G).

This course teaches you how to monitor and tune WebSphere Application Servers for improved performance. You learn about performance tuning methods and monitoring tools that apply to both the application server environment and Java EE applications. These methods and tools for load testing, monitoring, and tuning are applied to various WebSphere components, such as the application server’s Java virtual machine (JVM), JDBC connection pools, JMS resources, and the general runtime environment.

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If you are enrolling in a Self Paced Virtual Classroom or Web Based Training course, before you enroll, please review the Self-Paced Virtual Classes and Web-Based Training Classes on our Terms and Conditions page, as well as the system requirements, to ensure that your system meets the minimum requirements for this course.




  • Course introduction
  • WebSphere Application Server systems and components
  • Overview of performance concepts and tuning tasks
  • Exercise: POD configuration
  • Apache JMeter and load testing
  • Exercise: Apache JMeter basics
  • Exercise: DayTrader Benchmark installation
  • Exercise: Using Apache JMeter to load test DayTrader
  • WebSphere performance data and tools
  • Exercise: Performance monitoring tools
  • WebSphere performance tuning methods
  • Introduction to the JVM
  • Exercise: Exploring GC policies and monitoring JVM performance
  • Tuning the JVM
  • Exercise: Tuning the JVM
  • Exercise: Troubleshooting JVM problems
  • Tuning the connection pool
  • Exercise: Tuning JDBC connection pools and enabling servlet caching
  • WebSphere runtime performance tuning
  • Application profiling and tuning
  • Exercise: Application profiling with Java Health Center
  • WebSphere clusters and scalability
  • Exercise: Load testing an application server cluster
  • Course summary



  • Apply performance tuning methods to WebSphere Application Servers
  • Perform load testing by using Apache JMeter
  • Monitor application server performance by using WebSphere and the IBM Support Assistant
  • Monitor and tune the JVM for optimum throughput and response time
  • Monitor and tune connection pools for optimum performance
  • Implement best practices for general WebSphere runtime performance
  • Use the IBM Health Center tool to profile and tune Java EE applications
  • Load test and monitor an application server cluster
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