Getting Started Guide vA5(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 the following information:

An overview of the major functions and features of the Cisco 4700 Series Application Control Engine (ACE) appliance

Instructions on how to initially configure the ACE to allow traffic and basic load balancing

Instructions on how to configure the ACE to provide various scalability and security capabilities

References to find the information in the documentation set

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:

Web master

System administrator

System operator

How to Use This Guide

This guide is organized as follows:

Chapter
Description

Chapter 1, Overview

Provides an overview of the major functions and features of the ACE

Chapter 2, Setting Up an ACE Appliance

Provides procedures to initially configure the ACE to allow the passing of traffic and remote access

Chapter 3, Creating a Virtual Context

Provides procedures to partition the ACE into virtual contexts for more efficient operation

Chapter 4, Configuring Access Control Lists

Provides procedures to configure an access control list in an ACE to secure your network

Chapter 5, Configuring Role-Based Access Control

Provides procedures to configure a user with permission to perform limited operations and access a subset of your network

Chapter 6, Configuring Server Load Balancing

Provides procedures to configure the ACE to allow basic server load balancing

Chapter 7, Configuring a Load-Balancing Predictor

Provides procedures to select a predefined predictor for server load balancing

Chapter 8, Configuring Server Persistence Using Stickiness

Provides procedures to configure server persistence for requests from a client using stickiness

Chapter 9, Configuring SSL Security

Provides procedures to configure SSL security for your network

Chapter 10, Configuring Health Monitoring Using Health Probes

Provides procedures to configure server health monitoring using health probes

Chapter 11, Configuring Redundant ACEs

Provides procedures for configuring fault tolerance in your network.

Chapter 12, Configuring Bridged Mode

Provides procedures for configuring your ACE to operate at Layer 2 with the client-side VLAN and the server-side VLAN in the same IP subnet.

Chapter 13, Configuring One-Arm Mode

Provides procedures for configuring your ACE to operate in a network where the clients and the servers are in the same VLAN.


If you are already familiar with the ACE appliance and would like to quickly set up the device for basic server load balancing, you can follow the configuration procedures in the following chapters:

Chapter 2, Setting Up an ACE Appliance

Chapter 3, Creating a Virtual Context

Chapter 6, Configuring Server Load Balancing

The remaining chapters allow you to explore additional capabilities of the ACE.

Related Documentation

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

Document Title
Description

Administration Guide, Cisco ACE Application Control Engine

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

Application Acceleration and Optimization Guide, Cisco ACE 4700 Series Application Control Engine Appliance

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

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.

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.

Command Reference, Cisco ACE Application Control Engine

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

CSS-to-ACE Conversion Tool Guide, Cisco ACE Application Control Engine

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.

Device Manager Guide, Cisco ACE 4700 Series Application Control Engine Appliance

Describes how to configure the ACE using the Device Manager GUI and provides background details about the attributes used in the GUI.

Hardware Installation Guide, Cisco ACE 4710 Application Control Engine Appliance

Provides information for installing the ACE appliance.

Regulatory Compliance and Safety Information, Cisco ACE 4710 Application Control Engine Appliance

Regulatory compliance and safety information for the ACE appliance.

Release Note, Cisco ACE 4700 Series Application Control Engine Appliance

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

Routing and Bridging Guide, Cisco ACE Application Control Engine

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

Ethernet ports

VLAN interfaces

IPv6, including transitioning IPv4 networks to IPv6, IPv6 header format, IPv6 addressing, and suported protocols.

Routing

Bridging

Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP)

Security Guide, Cisco ACE Application Control Engine

Describes how to perform the following ACE security configuration tasks:

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)

Server Load-Balancing Guide, Cisco ACE Application Control Engine

Describes how to configure the following server load-balancing features on the ACE:

Real servers and server farms

Class maps and policy maps to load balance traffic to real servers in server farms

Server health monitoring (probes)

Stickiness

Dynamic workload scaling (DWS)

Firewall load balancing

TCL scripts

SSL Guide, Cisco ACE Application Control Engine

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

System Message Guide, Cisco ACE Application Control Engine

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.

Upgrade/Downgrade Guide, Cisco ACE 4700 Series Application Control Engine Appliance

Describes how to perform an ACE appliance software upgrade or downgrade.

User Guide, Cisco Application Networking Manager

Describes how to use Cisco Application Networking Manager (ANM), a networking management application for monitoring and configuring network devices, including the ACE.

Virtualization Guide, Cisco ACE Application Control Engine

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


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.

[   ]

Elements in square brackets are optional.

{ x | y | z }

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 on 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.


1. A numbered list indicates that the order of the list items is important.

a. An alphabetical list indicates that the order of the secondary list items is important.

A bulleted list indicates that the order of the list topics is unimportant.

An indented list indicates that the order of the list subtopics is unimportant.

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.

Obtaining Documentation, Obtaining Support, and Security Guidelines

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