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The Glassfish Application Server Configuration

I would like to give you an overview about my Glassfish Application Server setting for the EJB as the IIOP port is 3700, the IIOP port with SSL is 3820 and the IIOP port with mutual authentication is 3920. Please note it is a default configuration which is created when the Glassfish was installed. They can be changed via the web administration console. The default URL is http://localhost:4848

Create The EJB Application

It is just simple by implementing the HelloWorld EJB stateless session been by following the formal JavaEE Tutorial document. In our case, there are 3 HelloWorld EJB with the same coding, but different configured as following: –

1. The HelloWorld

2. The HelloWorldSSL

3. The HelloWorldSSLMutual

They are for the non-SSL, SSL and SSL with mutual authentication respectively.

To configure the SSL, the vendor specific ejb-jar.xml is required, in our case the sun-ejb-jar.xml is required since it is a Glassfish Application Server.

Configure The EJB for SSL


















SSL with Mutual Authentication

















Create The Standalone Client, POJO Project

Next we will create a standalone client, POJO project for looking up the EJB stateless session bean remotely by using the Context. Firstly this project should be set all minimum required jar files as following.

The Required jar files

If the Glassfish version 2.x is preferred

1. [gf_home]/lib/appserv-rt.jar

2. [gf_home]/lib/javaee.jar

3. The EJB module jar file

If the Glassfish version 3.x is preferred

1. [gf_home]/glassfish/modules/gf-client.jar

Please note, this jar file is like a proxy jar file which mentions other required jar file via the MANIFEST.MF. If you would like to run this project out of the Netbeans, you should put all mentioned required jar file into your class path. Trust me, please should run inside the Netbeans environment.

2. The EJB module jar file

The reason for putting the EJB module jar file is for ensuring the looked up EJB can be cast to the standalone client environment. If not you may face the ClassNotFoundException  or ClassCastException or. For overview the looked up object will be serialized and transferred from remote to the client via the RMI/IIOP and then it will be deserialized to the original object/interface.

The Example coding for looking up

System.setProperty(“”, [keyStoreFileName]);




Properties prop = new Properties();



Context ctx  = new InitialContext(prop);

Object obj = ctx.lookup([EJB_JNDI_NAME]);

System.out.println(“The looked up is: ” + obj.getClass().getName());

The Variable Explanation and Description

The SSL configuration

1. keyStoreFileName: The JKS keystore file name

2. keyStorePassword: The keystore password

3. trustStoreFileName: The JKS truststore file name

4. trustStorePassword: The truststore password

These will be required when the EJB has been configured to use the SSL or SSL with mutual authentication.

The IIOP Configuration

1.  IIOP_Port: The IIOP port, by default is 3700.

2.   Host_Name: The remote host name or IP address, by default is localhost

The Looking Up JNDI

1.  EJB_JNDI_NAME: The deployed and looked up EJB JNDI Name

Please take a very very big note, the IIOP_PORT is only the default IIOP port without any SSL. The system will automatically redirect the client application to the suitable port, SSL or SSL with mutual authentication.

The EJB 3.1: Singleton SessionBean

I was trying to find the standard way for initiating the global configuration for the EJB project as same it is done by using Servlet load-on-startup for the Web project. I finally found the following

The Class Annotation

@Singleton annotation which ensure the only on instance

@Startup annotation which ensure the loading will be done automatically when the container is being started.

The method annotation

@PostConstruct annotation which ensure it will be executed automatically after the instance has been initiated.

@PreDestroy annotation which ensure it will be executed automatically before the instance has been destroyed.

Please note, It is a session bean with no interface view and can be easily looked up via the JNDI or @EJB annotation as well. This approach is nice for me to load/unload my global configuration and hope it may be nice for you, too.

The EJB Session Bean Unit Testing with JUnit (Extended)

Even the Glassfish Application Server is not to be started and your application also is not to be deployed. You should firstly configure the other required resources, the connection pool for example, by using the Glassfish Application Server Administration console since the configuration is shared between the Glassfish Application Server and EJB embedded container. If not you may face some trouble about the resources missing/absence exception.

Updated on June 29, 2010
My fault. The application should be deployed to the Glassfish Application Server once before running the unit testing. If not you will face some trouble about the JNDI looking up.

The EJB Session Bean Unit Testing with JUnit

The EJB embedded container is introduced by the Glassfish Application Server version 3 and it is a core part for unit testing. It’s light weight and strong enough so that the EJB unit testing can be executed without the starting of Glassfish Application Server. For sure, you may imagine it can be applied for other purpose as same as the embedded database.

Via NetBean, you can create the JUnit test case and test suit simply by right clicking at the node named “Test Packages” of your EJB project and choose the one you want. The following is the simply step for initiating the EJB embedded container: –

Creating the JUnit test case or test suit

1. Declare and initiate the EJB embedded container.

private static EJBContainer ejbContainer = EJBContainer.createEJBContainer();

2. Declare and initiate the JNDI context for looking up the EJB.

private static Context context = ejbContainer.getContext();

3. Simply use the context object for looking up your EJB and another JavaEE resources via JNDI, for example, The connection pool, the EJB and so on.

4. The rest is creating your test respectively to you business, unit or others test case by following the JUnit standard.


1. The EJBContainer is javax.ejb.embeddable.EJBContainer

2. The Context is javax.naming.Context

Executing the test case with the EJB embedded container

The prerequisite

1. The EJB application is not required to be deployed to the Glassfish Application Server

2. The Glassfish Application Server must not be started since the ports will be clashed since the embedded will share the same ports.

The execution

Just simply right click at your test case or test suit and choose “Run File”.

The EJB Session Bean as a Business Services

I still keep following my integrating concept by treating every single integrated point as an interface. This business services is not an exception. I treat it like a main program for each public services. It also integrates to among of the lower layer, the EJB Session Bean which wraps the JPA Entity with purpose to hide the complexity and difficulty from the caller. It is one and only one who know the complexity of its JPA Entity, including with its business logic.

Since it is the business services which is published as a public accessing remotely by among of others, The interface should be annotated as @Remote to ensure the remote accessing. Again I also create an abstract POJO which implements that interface and wraps the common activities. The business services session bean will be derived from this abstract class and it is annotated as @Stateless


@Remote is an annotation for the interface and declaring it to be accessed remotely.

@Stateless is annotation for the POJO and declaring it to be a stateless session bean.

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