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Apache Tomcat 7 Essentials

By : Tanuj Khare
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Apache Tomcat 7 Essentials

By: Tanuj Khare

Overview of this book

Apache Tomcat (or simply Tomcat) is an open source servlet container developed by the Apache Software Foundation (ASF). The latest major stable release, Apache Tomcat version 7 implements the Servlet 3 and JavaServer Pages 2 specifications from the Java Community Process, and includes many additional features that make it a useful platform for developing and deploying web applications and web services.Apache Tomcat 7 Essentials follows a practical approach to teach installing, configuring, and maintaining Tomcat. It helps you to understand the middle architecture for hosting multiple websites and also provides the confidence to implement middleware support. It imparts to you the capacity to resolve migration issues and also provides regular maintenance solutions. This is the first and only book to cover upgrading to Tomcat 7 from previous versions.The journey of the reader starts at the beginner level and ends at the expert level. The content is designed in such a way that it balances the theory and practical approach for understanding concepts related to handling middle ware and web issues.In this book, you will go through a three-phase life cycle. The first cycle consists of installation, configuration of Tomcat 7 on different OS, and other configurations related to JDBC, port, deployment etc. The second phase deals with the building of enterprise application setup and high availability architecture (clustering load balancing). The third and critical phase will teach you to handle critical issues, performance tuning, and best practices for various environment stacks like dev/QA/stage/production.This book gives you a wider vision of using Tomcat 7 in web technologies and the skill to optimize their performance using Apache Tomcat 7.
Table of Contents (18 chapters)
Apache Tomcat 7 Essentials
About the Author
About the Reviewers

SSL configuration on Tomcat 7

Secure Socket Layer (SSL) is another way of securing data communication. It is a cryptographic protocol, in which data travels through a secure channel. The server sends a secure key to the client browser, the client browser decrypts it and a handshake takes place between the server and the client or we can say it's a two-way handshake over the secure layer.

When is SSL required for Tomcat?

SSL will be more efficient if you are using Tomcat as a frontend server. In case you are using Apache or IIS, then it's recommended to install SSL on Apache or the IIS server.

Types of SSL certificates

Before we go ahead and install SSL, let's discuss the two types of SSL certificates, which are explained as follows:

  • Self-signed certificate: This certificate is used for testing purposes by applications which are hosted in the internal environment, where no verification is required and in this only data travel will be secure.

  • Signed certificate: This certificate is basically...