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Chapter 1. Vote for JBoss > Installing JBoss Application Server

1.2. Installing JBoss Application Server

Installing JBoss AS is simple. When you go to the JBoss AS download site, you have the option to download JBoss AS as a zip file or to install it using an installation wizard, called the JEMS Installer. The fastest and easiest way to install JBoss AS is to download the binary distribution and unzip it to a directory on your machine. This isn’t a bad thing to do if you’re trying to get a running application server quickly—what the standard installation is intentionally designed for. But this is at the cost of having an installation with all security turned off, and many development-centric features (such as hot deployment) turned on. If you go this route, you have to secure and customize your server’s configuration when you’re ready to put your server into production.

As we discuss in section 1.3.6, JBoss AS is built on a modular architecture that allows you to run only the particular services that you need for your application environment. Using the JEMS Installer allows you to select only the services that you want running in your server. As we discuss in chapter 15, you can remove services manually (called slimming the server), but the installer can make it easier because you don’t have to keep track of which services have dependencies on other services. The installer also allows you to secure the prepackaged management applications that ship with JBoss AS.


  

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