I apologize in advance if this is an egregiously newbie question, but I have searched the forums and docs and have not come up with a satisfactory answer to it, so here goes: what is the recommended way to bootstrap the EJB tier? Specifically, I want to load some preferences using the standard J2SE 1.4 Preferences mechanism. For instance, for the web tier I simply use an initialization servlet, with appropriate params set up in the web.xml file. For the EJB tier I created a little bootstrapping SAR, but I'm not convinced this is a best practice. Can anyone comment?