How to dynamically cluster WebSphere application servers

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The two most popular type of clusters in WebSphere are static clusters and dynamic clusters. A dynamic cluster contains features that are not available in a static cluster, which makes a dynamic cluster appealing. For example, following are some capabilities of a dynamic cluster:

  • A dynamic cluster can be configured to automatically start the application servers in the dynamic a cluster when demand is high, and stop some of the application servers in the cluster when demand is low.
  • A dynamic cluster uses Dynamic workload management (DWLM) to distribute work across the cluster members, to prevent one of the cluster members from being overwhelmed with requests. 


Convert a static cluster into a dynamic cluster

This assumes you have already created a static cluster.

  1. In the left panel of the WebSphere web console, expand Servers > Clusters, and select Dynamic clusters.
  2. Select New.
  3. At Step 1, select WebSphere application server and select Next.
  4. At Step 2, select Automatically define new cluster members with rule or Manually define cluster members and select Next.
  5. At Step 3, if you selected Manually define cluster members, select an existing static cluster and select Next.
  6. At Step 5, select your preferred properties, and select Next.
  7. Select Finish.
  8. Select Save.

The cluster will no longer be listed at Servers > Clusters > WebSphere application server clusters, and will instead be listed at Servers > Clusters > Dynamic clusters.

At Servers > Server types > WebSphere application servers, the servers in the cluster will be listed. In this example, server01 is not part of a cluster, and server03 and server04 are members of cluster1. This view also can be used to know if the JVMs are in a vertical or horizontal cluster. In this example, server03 and server04 are in a horizontal cluster, as the servers are on different servers (was1 / was2).


Servers > Clusters > Dynamic clusters > cluster_name > Dynamic cluster members will display the cluster members.

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