Installing Axis 1.2.1 on Windows

This section describes a tutorial on how to install Axis 1.2.1 on a Windows system.

Before installing Axis, you should look at your current JDK and Tomcat installations. Here is what I have on my system:

Name     Version   Location

JDK      1.5.0     \jdk
Tomcat   5.5       \tomcat

If you are ready, repeat the following steps to install Axis on your system.

1. Go to, and select version 1.2.1.

2. Go to the suggested mirror site, and download axis-bin-1_2_1.tar.gz.

3. Unzip axis-bin-1_2_1.tar.gz, move the resulting subdirectory .\axis-1_2_1 to \axis.

4. Copy \axis\webapps\axis directory to \tomcat\webapps\axis.

5. Re-start Tomcat with a command window:

cd \tomcat\bin
set JAVA_HOME=\jdk

You should get something like this in a separate window:

(Date) 9:47:16 PM org.apache.coyote.http11.Http11Protocol init
INFO: Initializing Coyote HTTP/1.1 on http-8080
(Date) 9:47:17 PM org.apache.catalina.startup.Catalina load
INFO: Initialization processed in 5407 ms
(Date) 9:47:17 PM org.apache.catalina.core.StandardService start
INFO: Starting service Catalina
(Date) 9:47:17 PM org.apache.catalina.core.StandardEngine start
INFO: Starting Servlet Engine: Apache Tomcat/5.5.7

6. Run Internet Explorer (IE) with url: http://localhost:8080/axis/happyaxis.jsp. You should get something like this in the browser:

Axis Happiness Page

Examining webapp configuration

Needed Components
   Found SAAJ API ... \tomcat\webapps\axis\WEB-INF\lib\saaj.jar
   Found JAX-RPC API ... \tomcat\webapps\axis\WEB-INF\lib\jaxrpc.jar
   Found Apache-Axis ... \tomcat\webapps\axis\WEB-INF\lib\axis.jar
   Found Jakarta-Commons Discovery ... \tomcat\webapps\axis\WEB-INF
   Found Jakarta-Commons Logging ... \tomcat\bin
   Found Log4j ... \tomcat\webapps\axis\WEB-INF\lib\log4j-1.2.8.jar
   Found IBM's WSDL4Java ... \tomcat\webapps\axis\WEB-INF
   Found JAXP implementation ... an unknown location

   Error: could not find class javax.activation.DataHandler from 
      file activation.jar
   Axis will not work. 

   Optional Components
   Warning: could not find class javax.mail.internet.MimeMessage 
      from file mail.jar
   Attachments will not work. 

   Warning: could not find class 
      from file xmlsec.jar
   XML Security is not supported. 

Wow. This is really a nice installation report. I can ignore the two warnings. But I have to fix the error. Continue with the next section.

Last update: 2007.

Table of Contents

 About This Book

 Introduction to Web Service

 Introduction to SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol)

 SOAP Message Structure

 SOAP Message Transmission and Processing

 SOAP Data Model

 SOAP Encoding

 SOAP RPC Presentation

 SOAP Properties Model

 SOAP Message Exchange Patterns

 SOAP HTTP Binding

 SOAP Perl Implementations

 SOAP PHP Implementations

SOAP Java Implementations

 What Is SAAJ (SOAP with Attachments API for Java)?

 SOAP Java Implementations: Axis and Apache WebService

 Axis Installation Requirements on Windows

Installing Axis 1.2.1 on Windows

 Installing JAF 1.0.2

 Perl SOAP::Lite - SOAP Server-Client Communication Module

 Perl Socket Test Program for HTTP and SOAP

 Perl SOAP::Lite for GetSpeech SOAP 1.1 Web Service

 Perl SOAP::Lite 0.710 for SOAP 1.2 Web Services

 Perl SOAP::Lite 0.710 for WSDL

 PHP SOAP Extension Client Programs

 PHP SOAP Extension Server Programs

 Java Socket and HttpURLConnection for SOAP

 SAAJ - SOAP with Attachments API for Java

 SoapUI - SOAP Web Service Testing Tool

 WS-Security - SOAP Message Security Extension

 WS-Security X.509 Certificate Token

 Web Services and SOAP Terminology


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