Wildfly 11 - Web Console new features

This blog post will highlight the new features of Web Console for Wildfly 11. Wildfly 11 is in Candidate Release right now, you can download it, it’s free.

You can read what is new in WildFly 11. For now on I will talk about the new features that were added to Web Console. Besides the new features, there were many bug fixed and enhancements, you can check the list of fixed issues since Wildfly 10.1.

Elytron Subsystem

There is a new subsystem named Elytron, it replaces the picketbox security framework with an advanced capabilities such as privilege propagation across multiple service invocations, identity switching, pre-request TLS verification, and rich security policies.

The elytron configuration is available for every profile, the entry point is the “Security - Elytron” item menu.

Web Console - Elytron Subsystem
The entry point for elytron configuration

From there you may access the configurations for: Factories, Transformers, Mappers, Decoders, Security Realms, Authentication, Key Store, Credential Store, SSL Context, etc. Elytron is a new subsystem but it contains many resources to configure. See some screenshots.

Web Console - Elytron Subsystem
SSL Options - Key Store resource configuration
Security Realm option - Properties Realm configuration
Permission Mapper option - Simple Permission Mapper configuration

There is also a runtime view to display the aliases for the credential store.

Display aliases for credential stores

EJB Security Domain Mapping

The EJB subsystem allows to configure mapping a security domain for a deployed application.

EJB Application Security Domain Mapping

JMS Bridge in Messaging subsystem

The Messaging subsystem in web console allows the user to manage JMS Bridges.

Messaging - JMS Bridge
Messaging - Add a JMS Bridge
Messaging - JMS Bridge resource

There is also a runtime view to monitor pool statistics for Pooled Connection Factory connections.

Monitor pool statistics for Pooled Connection Factory connections
Monitor Prepared Transactions

Web Services - Client and Endpoint configuration

User are allowed to configure Client and Endpoint configurations.

Client and Endpoint Configuration

The Pre/Post Handler Chain is also allowed to configure.

Pre/Post Handler Chain Configuration


Web Console users are allowed to configure undertow filters, application security domain mapping to deployed applications and map response header filter to hosts.

Entrypoint for the Undertow Filters
Response header filter
Undertow Application Security Domain
Response header filters mapped to a host
Map an undertow response header filter to a host

Runtime view - Hosts

Previously, when users wanted to reload or restart a host controller, they went to CLI to run those commands, now it is possible to reload or restart a host controller from the web console.

The restart option calls the management command as :shutdown(restart=true)

The reload option calls the management command as :reload()

Reload and restart options to host controller
Reload host confirmation

Also, there is a the configuration-changes log, to register all changes performed to a host controller. Users are allowed to enable/disable and monitor the configurations changes.

Configuration Changes

Runtime view - Server

Previously, when the server was in a blocked state, not responding, users needed to kill the server with a kill command (from a command prompt). Wildfly already contains an operation kill to destroy a server process. Web console allows the user to invoke the kill operation on a server, it is named Force shutdown, see below the menu option.

Option to shutdown a server

Runtime view - Monitor Batch executions

Application may package batch jobs and execute them in Wildfly application runtime. The batch subsystem allows to monitor them

Monitor batch executions

Runtime view - Monitor datasource pool statistics

There is a new view to monitor datasource pool statistics.

Monitor datasource pool statistics

Browse deployment contents

It is possible to browse the content of deployments, this is useful when an user wants to navigate the contents of deployments and download its contents.

Emmanuel Hugonnet blogged a detailed view about this feature.

Browse deployments option

It shows the full path of each content item and its size.

Browse deployments

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