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141.What is JNDI?
JNDI (Java Naming and Directory Interface) is a Java EE lookup service that maps names to services and resources. JNDI provides a directory of advertised resources that exist on a particular stand-alone (unclustered) WebLogic server, or within a WebLogic server cluster. Examples of such resources include JMS connection factories, JMS destinations, JDBC (database) data sources, and application EJBs.
A client connecting to any WebLogic server in a WebLogic cluster can transparently reference any JNDI advertised service or resource hosted on any WebLogic server within the cluster. The client doesn't require explicit knowledge of which particular WebLogic server in the cluster hosts a desired resource.

142.What is a JMS connection factory?
A JMS connection factory is a named entity resource stored in JNDI. Applications, message driven beans (MDBs), and messaging bridges lookup a JMS connection factory in JNDI and use it to create JMS connections. JMS connections are used in turn to create JMS sessions, producers, and consumers that can send or receive messages.
143.What is a JMS connection-id?
JMS connection-ids are used to name JMS client connections. Durable subscribers require named connections, otherwise connections are typically unnamed. Note that within a clustered set of servers or stand-alone server, only one JMS client connection may use a particular named connection at a time. An attempt to create new connection with the same name as an existing connection will fail.
144.What is the difference between a JMS topic and a JMS queue?
JMS queues deliver a message to one consumer, while JMS topics deliver a copy of each message to each consumer.
145.What is a non-durable topic subscriber?
A non-durable subscriber creates unnamed subscriptions that exist only for the life of the JMS client. Messages in a non-durable subscription are never persisted—even when the message's publisher specifies a persistent quality of service (QOS). Shutting down a JMS server terminates all non-durable subscriptions.
146.What is a durable subscriber?
A durable subscriber creates named subscriptions that continue to exist even after the durable subscriber exits or the server reboots. A durable subscriber connects to its subscription by specifying topic-name, connection-id, and subscriber-id. Together, the connection-id and subscriber-id uniquely name the subscriber’s subscription within a cluster. A copy of each persistent message published to a topic is persisted to each of the topic's durable subscriptions. In the event of a server crash and restart, durable subscriptions and their unconsumed persistent messages are recovered.
147.What is the WebLogic Store-and-Forward Service?
The WebLogic Store-and-Forward (SAF) Service enables WebLogic Server to deliver messages reliably between applications that are distributed across WebLogic Server instances. For example, with the SAF service, an application that runs on or connects to a local WebLogic Server instance can reliably send messages to a destination that resides on a remote server. If the destination is not available at the moment the messages are sent, either because of network problems or system failures, then the messages are saved on a local server instance, and are forwarded to the remote destination once it becomes available.
148.When should I use the WebLogic Store-and-Forward Service?
The WebLogic Store-and-Forward (SAF) Service should be used when forwarding JMS messages between WebLogic Server 9.0 or later domains. The SAF service can deliver messages:

  • Between two stand-alone server instances.
  • Between server instances in a cluster.
  • Across two clusters in a domain.
  • Across separate domains.

149.What is a messaging bridge?
Messaging bridges are administratively configured services that run on a WebLogic server. They automatically forward messages from a configured source JMS destination to a configured target JMS destination. These destinations can be on different servers than the bridge and can even be foreign (non-WebLogic) destinations. Each bridge destination is configured using the four common properties of a remote provider:

  • The initial context factory.
  • The connection URL.
  • The connection factory JNDI name.
  • The destination JNDI name.

Messaging bridges can be configured to use transactions to ensure exactly-once message forwarding from any XA capable (global transaction capable) JMS provider to another.
150.When should I use a messaging bridge?
Typically, messaging bridges are used to provide store-and-forward high availability design requirements. A messaging bridge is configured to consume from a sender's local destination and forward it to the sender's actual target remote destination. This provides high availability because the sender is still able to send messages to its local destination even when the target remote destination is unreachable. When a remote destination is not reachable, the local destination automatically begins to store messages until the bridge is able to forward them to the target destination when the target becomes available again.