Server Load-Balancing Guide vA4(1.0), Cisco ACE 4700 Series Application Control Engine Appliance
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Preface

Table Of Contents

Preface

Audience

How to Use This Guide

Related Documentation

Symbols and Conventions

Obtaining Documentation, Obtaining Support, and Security Guidelines


Preface


This guide provides instructions for implementing server load balancing (SLB) on the Cisco 4700 Series Application Control Engine (ACE) appliance. It describes how to configure network traffic policies for SLB, real servers and server farms, health monitoring probes, and stickiness (connection persistence).

This preface contains the following major sections:

Audience

How to Use This Guide

Related Documentation

Symbols and Conventions

Obtaining Documentation, Obtaining Support, and Security Guidelines

Audience

This guide is intended for the following trained and qualified service personnel who are responsible for configuring the ACE:

System administrator

System operator

How to Use This Guide

This guide is organized as follows:

Chapter
Description

Chapter 1, Overview

Describes SLB as implemented in the ACE. This chapter includes a procedure that describes how to configure the ACE for load balancing only.

Chapter 2, Configuring Real Servers and Server Farms

Describes real servers, server farms, and load-balancing methods and how to configure them for SLB.

Chapter 3, Configuring Traffic Policies for Server Load Balancing

Describes how to configure class maps to filter interesting SLB traffic and configure policy maps to perform actions on that traffic. Also describes compression, SLB parameter maps, and applying policies to interfaces.

Chapter 4, Configuring Health Monitoring

Describes how to configure health probes (keepalives) to monitor the health and status of real servers.

Chapter 5, Configuring Stickiness

Describes how to configure stickiness (connection persistence) to ensure that a client remains stuck to the same server for the duration of a session.

Chapter 6, Configuring Firewall Load Balancing

Describes how to configure firewall load balancing (FWLB) to load balance traffic from the Internet through a firewall to a data center or intranet.

Appendix A, Using TCL Scripts with the ACE

Describes how to upload and execute Toolkit Command Language (TCL) scripts on the ACE.


Related Documentation

In addition to this guide, the ACE documentation set includes the following documents:

Document Title
Description

Release Note for the Cisco Application Control Engine Appliance

Provides information about operating considerations, caveats, and command-line interface (CLI) commands for the ACE.

Cisco Application Control Engine Appliance
Hardware Installation Guide

Provides information for installing the ACE appliance.

Regulatory Compliance and Safety Information for the Cisco Application Control Engine Appliance

Regulatory compliance and safety information for the ACE appliance.

Cisco ACE 4700 Series Application Control Engine Appliance CLI Quick Configuration Note

Describes how to use the ACE CLI to perform the initial setup and VIP load-balancing configuration tasks.

Cisco 4700 Series Application Control Engine Appliance Device Manager GUI Quick Configuration Note

Describes how to use the ACE Device Manager GUI to perform the initial setup and VIP load-balancing configuration tasks.

Cisco 4700 Series Application Control Engine Appliance Administration Guide

Describes how to perform the following administration tasks on the ACE:

Setting up the ACE

Establishing remote access

Managing software licenses

Configuring class maps and policy maps

Managing the ACE software

Configuring SNMP

Configuring redundancy

Configuring the XML interface

Upgrading the ACE software

Cisco 4700 Series Application Control Engine Appliance Virtualization Configuration Guide

Describes how to operate your ACE in a single context or in multiple contexts.

Cisco 4700 Series Application Control Engine Appliance Routing and Bridging Configuration Guide

Describes how to perform the following routing and bridging tasks on the ACE:

Configuring Ethernet ports

Configuring VLAN interfaces

Configuring routing

Configuring bridging

Configuring Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)

Cisco 4700 Series Application Control Engine Appliance Application Acceleration and Optimization Configuration Guide

Describes how to configure the application acceleration and optimization features of the ACE. This guide also provides an overview and description of those features.

Cisco 4700 Series Application Control Engine Appliance Security Configuration Guide

Describes how to configure the following ACE security features:

Security access control lists (ACLs)

User authentication and accounting using a Terminal Access Controller Access Control System Plus (TACACS+), Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service (RADIUS), or Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) server

Application protocol and HTTP deep packet inspection

TCP/IP normalization and termination parameters

Network Address Translation (NAT)

Cisco 4700 Series Application Control Engine Appliance SSL Configuration Guide

Describes how to configure the following Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) features on the ACE:

SSL certificates and keys

SSL initiation

SSL termination

End-to-end SSL

Cisco 4700 Series Application Control Engine Appliance System Message Guide

Describes how to configure system message logging on the ACE. This guide also lists and describes the system log (syslog) messages generated by the ACE.

Cisco 4700 Series Application Control Engine Appliance Command Reference

Provides an alphabetical list and descriptions of all CLI commands by mode, including syntax, options, and related commands.

Cisco 4700 Series Application Control Engine Appliance Device Manager GUI Configuration Guide

Describes how to use the Device Manager GUI, which resides in flash memory on the ACE, to provide a browser-based interface for configuring and managing the appliance.

Cisco CSS-to-ACE Conversion Tool User Guide

Describes how to use the CSS-to-ACE conversion tool to migrate Cisco Content Services Switches (CSS) running-configuration or startup-configuration files to the ACE.

Cisco Application Control Engine (ACE) Troubleshooting Wiki

Describes the procedures and methodology in wiki format to troubleshoot the most common problems that you may encounter during the operation of your ACE.

Cisco Application Control Engine (ACE) Configuration Examples Wiki

Provides examples of common configurations for load balancing, security, SSL, routing and bridging, virtualization, and so on.


Symbols and Conventions

This publication uses the following conventions:

Convention
Description

boldface font

Commands, command options, and keywords are in boldface. Bold text also indicates a command in a paragraph.

italic font

Arguments for which you supply values are in italics. Italic text also indicates the first occurrence of a new term, book title, emphasized text.

{   }

Encloses required arguments and keywords.

[   ]

Encloses optional arguments and keywords.

{x | y | z}

Required alternative keywords are grouped in braces and separated by vertical bars.

[x | y | z]

Optional alternative keywords are grouped in brackets and separated by vertical bars.

string

A nonquoted set of characters. Do not use quotation marks around the string or the string will include the quotation marks.

screen font

Terminal sessions and information the system displays are in screen font.

boldface screen font

Information you must enter in a command line is in boldface screen font.

italic screen font

Arguments for which you supply values are in italic screen font.

^

The symbol ^ represents the key labeled Control—for example, the key combination ^D in a screen display means hold down the Control key while you press the D key.

<   >

Nonprinting characters, such as passwords are in angle brackets.


Notes use the following conventions:


Note Means reader take note. Notes contain helpful suggestions or references to material not covered in the publication.


Cautions use the following conventions:


Caution Means reader be careful. In this situation, you might do something that could result in equipment damage or loss of data.

For additional information about CLI syntax formatting, see the Cisco 4700 Series Application Control Engine Appliance Command Reference.

Obtaining Documentation, Obtaining Support, and Security Guidelines

For information on obtaining documentation, obtaining support, providing documentation feedback, security guidelines, and also recommended aliases and general Cisco documents, see the monthly What's New in Cisco Product Documentation, which also lists all new and revised Cisco technical documentation, at:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/general/whatsnew/whatsnew.html