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Liferay Portal is one of the most flexible applications on the market today with regard to application server environments. You can install Liferay Portal on everything from a shared Tomcat installation to a multi-node cluster running a commercial application server and on everything in between. In fact, Liferay is used successfully in all of these scenarios every day.

You’ll find that because Liferay is extremely flexible in its deployment options, it is easy to install as well. If you already have an application server, you can use the tools for deployment that came with your application server. If you don’t have an application server, Liferay provides several application server bundles from which to choose. These are very easy to install and with a small amount of configuration can be made into production-ready systems.

Editions of Liferay

Liferay ships in two different editions: Liferay Portal Community Edition (CE) and Liferay Portal Enterprise Edition (EE). CE is the same Liferay Portal that has been available for years:...

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Obtaining Liferay Portal

The CE version of Liferay is freely downloadable from our web site at http://www.liferay.com. Click the Downloads link at the top of the page and you are presented with multiple options for getting...

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Installing a Bundle

Liferay bundles contain the same directory structure regardless of application server. The top-level folder is named for the release of Liferay. This folder is called Liferay Home and we refer to...

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App Servers

When it comes time to install Liferay Portal on your server, you’ll find it’s easiest to do this by starting with a bundle. But many enterprises can’t do that. There may be an existing...

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Using Liferay’s Setup Wizard

To make it easy to configure Liferay optimally for your use, the first thing you see when browsing to your newly installed Liferay bundle is a setup wizard. This gives you a convenient way to...

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Manual Configuration

You don’t have to use the setup wizard to configure Liferay. The setup wizard behind the scenes creates a configuration file that you can create manually. Create a text file called...

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Installing Liferay on an Existing Application Server

This section contains detailed instructions for installing Liferay Portal using its .war file distribution. This allows system administrators to deploy Liferay in existing application server...

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Installing Liferay on Mule Tcat

Liferay Portal Tcat Edition is a combination of Liferay Portal, the leading open source portal, and Tcat Server, an enterprise grade administration console for the Apache Tomcat application server....

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Installing Liferay on GlassFish 3

Liferay Home is three folders above your GlassFish domain folder. For example, if your domain location is /glassfish-3.1-web/glassfish3/glassfish/domains/domain1, Liferay Home is...

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Installing Liferay on Jetty 7

Liferay Home is one folder above Jetty’s install location. For this section, we’ll refer to Jetty server’s installation location as $JETTY_HOME. If you do not already have an existing Jetty server,...

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Installing Liferay on JBoss 5.1

Note: Java 7 deprecated some classes used by JBoss 5.1. Use Java 5 or Java 6 to run JBoss 5.1. Liferay Home is one folder above JBoss’s install location. Download and install JBoss EAP 5.1.x into...

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Installing Liferay on JBoss 7

Liferay Home is one folder above JBoss’s install location. Download and install JBoss AS 7.0.x into your preferred directory. This directory is referred to as $JBOSS_HOME throughout this section....

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Installing Liferay on Resin 4

Liferay Home is one folder above Resin’s install location. For this section, we will refer to your Resin server’s installation location as $RESIN_HOME. If you do not already have an existing Resin...

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Installing Liferay on Tomcat 7

Liferay Home is one folder above Tomcat’s install location. For this section, we will refer to your Tomcat server’s installation location as $TOMCAT_HOME. If you do not already have an existing...

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Installing Liferay on JOnAS 5.2

JOnAS is somewhat unique among the open-source application servers for two reasons: it is built entirely on an OSGi core, allowing for dynamic deployment of simultaneous webapps and containers and...

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Installing Liferay on WebLogic 10

Liferay Home is one folder above the domain to which you will be installing Liferay. For example, if your domain location is /Oracle/Middleware/user_projects/domains/base_domain, then your Liferay...

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Installing Liferay on Oracle WebLogic 10.3

Liferay Home is one folder above the domain to which you will be installing Liferay. For example, if your domain location is /Oracle/Middleware/user_projects/domains/base_domain, then your Liferay...

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Installing Liferay on WebSphere 8.0

Tip: Throughout this installation and configuration process, WebSphere prompts you to Click Save to apply changes to Master Configuration. Do so intermittently to save your changes. Liferay Home is...

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Making Liferay Coexist with Other Java EE Applications

Liferay Portal by default is configured to sit at the root (i.e., /) of your application server. Dedicating your application server to running only Liferay Portal is a good practice, allowing for...

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Summary

This chapter is a guide to everything about installing Liferay. Whether you choose a Liferay bundle or an existing application server, Liferay Portal integrates seamlessly with your enterprise Java...

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