Enable SSL Debug Trace in WebSphere

As a developer, we may have to enable SSL Debug Trace in WebSphere. Hence, following are the brief steps that could be used for reference:-

1. In the WebSphere Application Server (WAS) Admin Console, navigate to Servers > Server Types > WebSphere application servers, then select the server name.

2. Under Server Infrastructure, expand Java and Process Management > Process definition > Java Virtual Machine.

3. Add the following to the end of the Generic JVM Arguments box:


4. Save to the master config, and restart the server for it to take hold.

5. This will add debug trace of the SSL handshake to the //profiles//logs//SystemOut.log

Happy Debugging 🙂


Virtual Host Entry in WebSphere

Virtual host name entry could be found in plugin-cfg.xml of a server profile in WebSphere. It is mostly used to configure the port details which forms the complete URL for an application like http://serverName.application.com:55295/loan/casmgmt.htm

Location of an Application Server Profile:-

Location of a file:-

   <VirtualHostGroup Name="Loan_Application">
      <VirtualHost Name="*:55295"/>

How to access Tomcat Manager from Eclipse

It has been observed that Tomcat Manager is not accessible after starting the Tomcat Server from Eclipse. Even after doing changes in file – $TOMCAT_HOME/conf/tomcat-users.xml changes are not getting reflected back.

Therefore, we need to configure Eclipse to take control over from Tomcat, we need to do double-click the Tomcat Server entry in Servers tab and then we will get the server configuration. At the left column, under Server Locations, select Use Tomcat installations (If it is grayed-out then delete the Server and add it again). This way Eclipse will take full control over Tomcat and we will be able to access the default Tomcat homepage with the Tomcat Manager when running from inside Eclipse.

Configuration to access Tomcat Manager from Eclipse
Configuration to access Tomcat Manager from Eclipse

Note: Above stated configuration is validated on Apache-Tomcat-8.0.33