The focus of this chapter was to walk through key activities that enable the Oracle SOA Suite 11g administrator to perform various composite application functions, including basic management to deployment to auditing. Specifically, we focused on the following:
Managing composite lifecycles, discussing the differences between startup/shutdown states and the active/retired modes.
Understanding revisions and how to set the default revision of composites.
Deploying, undeploying, and redeploying composites from Oracle Enterprise Manager Fusion Middleware Control.
Understanding and managing partitions, including partition creation and deletion, as well as bulk management operations such as starting up, shutting down, and undeploying all composites in a partition.
Setting up ant scripts for deploying, undeploying, and redeploying composite applications.
Using ant to import and export artifacts to and from the MDS.
Understanding the purpose of configuration plans and how to use them.