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So in Java EE 6, the idea of profiles was introduced. Profiles enabled the creation of smaller Java EE subsets based on requirement. Although it was expected that many profiles would emerge, considering the support and maintenance implications, Java EE 6 and Java EE 7 have only one profile, the Web Profile. So with Java EE 6 and Java EE 7, you can choose the full Java EE server or the slimmer Java EE Web Profile Server.