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How to Monitor Multiple JVM's on a Server with VisualVM

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In the last article I have shown you how to start WebLogic Server with single admin and mulitiple managed servers. After those are started, how do you go check their health status? You can use the admin's /console webapp. But there  is also another tool that comes with all the default Oracle/Open JDK 6+: the VisualVM. I will show you how to get that up and running to monitor multiple JVM's.

On the server where you run your JVM servers, do this:

1. cd into $HOME and create a file named "jstatd.all.policy" with the following:

  grant codebase "file:${java.home}/../lib/tools.jar" {
2. Run this command:

  jstatd &
3. Now go back to your PC and open a terminal and run the following:
  jvisualvm &
4. Inside VisualVM, add a Remote host of your server and you should see all the JVM that started there.

Here is an example of how it looks like:

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Matthias Bläsing replied on Wed, 2014/03/19 - 8:33am

 If you are running glassfish - it exposes a good part of its health also via REST and JMX. The last part is relevant in this context, as you can access the JMX parts remotly and authenticated (same as admin ui).

Make sure that the "VisualVM-MBeans" plugin is installed.

In jvisualvm add a remote host, right click on the new host and choose "Add JMX connection", enter as connection string: "<hostname>:8686" (for a default installation). If you enabled authentication for you glassfish admin ui (who wouldn't in production?!), choose "use security credentials" and enter your username and password. Klick OK.

Zemian Deng replied on Wed, 2014/03/19 - 10:47pm in response to: Matthias Bläsing

 Good to know Matthias. Thanks for the note!

Benno Markiewicz replied on Mon, 2014/03/24 - 1:48pm

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