Thanks for the pointer. I used that doc to try and convert my app to use the Hibernate MBean. I am having various problems getting my MessageDrivenBean to start after following those steps. I won't have time to slog through those issues till next week.
Are you suggesting that I use the sar file solely so my mapping files can be found, or to do the full conversion to use the Hibernate MBean? Per my previous message I am not ready to convert to use the HMB. Any ideas about why my .hbm.xml files are not found in the classpath by Hibernate?
i undid my MBean implementation and left only the mapping files in my sar. it worked like a charm. i guess that is what you meant in your reply. thanks!