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Archived Manual: BIG-IP Controller Solutions Guide, version 4.2
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Original Publication Date: 09/26/2007

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Table of Contents



Introduction

Getting started

Choosing a configuration tool

Using the Administrator Kit

Stylistic conventions
Finding additional help and technical support resources

What's new in version 4.2

Support for the Controller and IP Application Switch platforms
The Setup utility
Enhanced pools support
New filter for rewriting HTTP redirections
New global variables
Enhanced rules support
Enhanced support for virtual servers
SSL Accelerator proxy enhancements
Support for the nCipher FIPS 140-1 level 3 certified: SSL cryptographic module
Enhanced support for Secure Network Address Translations (SNATs)
Enhanced interface statistics
Health monitor enhancements
Support for LDAP and RADIUS logins
Enhanced system logging
Web-based Configuration utility enhancements

Learning more about the BIG-IP product family

BIG-IP Overview

Introduction

User interface

A basic configuration

Configuring objects and object properties

Load balancing modes

BIG-IP and intranets

Bidirectional load balancing

Cache control

SSL acceleration

Content conversion

VLANs

Link aggregation and link failover

Configuring BIG-IP redundant pairs

Making hidden nodes accessible

Address translation
Forwarding

Basic Web Site and E-Commerce Configuration

Working with a basic web site and e-commerce configuration

Configuring a basic e-commerce site

Defining the pools
Defining the virtual servers

Additional configuration options

Installing a BIG-IP without Changing the IP Network

Installing a BIG-IP without changing IP networks

Configuring the BIG-IP for the same IP network

Additional configuration options

Hosting for Multiple Customers

Introducing multiple customer hosting

Configuring multiple customer hosting

Creating VLANs with tagged interfaces
Creating the server pools to load balance
Creating the virtual server to load balance the web servers

Multiple customer hosting using built-in switching

Creating VLANs with untagged interfaces

Additional configuration options

A Simple Intranet Configuration

Working with a simple intranet configuration

Creating the simple intranet configuration

Additional configuration options

Load Balancing ISPs

Using ISP load balancing

Configuring ISP load balancing

Configuring network address translation on routers

Enabling service 80 and service 443

Additional configuration options

Load Balancing VPNs

Working with VPN load balancing

Configuring VPN load balancing

Using VPN and router load balancing

Configuring virtual servers for VPN and router load balancing
Configuring VPN and router load balancing

Additional configuration options

Load Balancing IPSEC Traffic

Configuring load balancing IPSEC traffic across VPN gateways

Configuring IPSEC load balancing

IPSEC VPN sandwich configuration

Additional configuration options

Configuring an SSL Accelerator

Introducing the SSL Accelerator

Configuring the SSL Accelerator

Generating a key and obtaining a certificate
Installing certificates from the certificate authority (CA)
Creating a pool for the HTTP servers
Creating an HTTP virtual server
Creating an SSL gateway

Introducing the SSL Accelerator scalable configuration

Creating the scalable SSL Accelerator configuration
Configuring the BIG-IP that load balances the SSL Accelerators
Configuring the SSL Accelerators
Enabling port 443

Using SSL-to-server

Configuring an SSL Accelerator with SSL-to-server

Additional configuration options

Balancing Two-Way Traffic Across Firewalls

Introducing two-way firewall load balancing

Configuring two-way firewall load balancing

Configuring routing to the internal network
Creating pools for firewalls and servers
Enabling port 0
Creating virtual servers
Configuring administrative routing

Additional configuration options

Load Balancing a Cache Array for Local Server Acceleration

Introducing local server acceleration

Maximizing memory or processing power
Using the configuration diagram

Configuring local acceleration

Creating pools

Creating a cache rule

Using a cacheable content expression
Setting content demand status

Creating a virtual server

Configuring for intelligent cache population

Configuring a SNAT

Additional configuration options

Load Balancing a Cache Array for Remote Server Acceleration

Introducing remote server acceleration

Maximizing memory or processing power

Configuring remote server acceleration

Creating pools

Creating a cache rule

Working with a cacheable content expression
Understanding content demand status

Creating a virtual server

Configuring for intelligent cache population

Configuring a SNAT
Configuring a SNAT automap for bounceback

Additional configuration options

Load Balancing a Forward Proxy Caching Array

Introducing forward proxy caching

Maximizing memory or processing power
Using the configuration diagram

Configuring forward proxy caching

Creating pools

Creating a cache rule

Working with a cacheable content expression
Understanding content demand status

Creating a virtual server

Additional configuration options

Configuring a Content Converter

Introducing the content converter

Configuring the content converter

Configuring the on-the-fly conversion software
Creating the load balancing pool
Creating the virtual server
Creating a content converter gateway using the Configuration utility

Additional configuration options

Using Link Aggregation with Tagged VLANs

Introducing link aggregation with tagged VLAN interfaces

Using the two-network aggregated tagged interface topology

Configuring the two-network topology
Aggregating the links
Adding tagged interfaces to VLANs
Creating the pool of web servers to load balance
Creating the virtual server to load balance the web servers

Using the one-network aggregated tagged interface topology

Configuring the one-network topology
Creating a VLAN group
Creating a self IP for the VLAN group

Additional configuration options

One IP Network Topologies

Introducing the one-IP network topology

Setting up a one-IP network topology with one interface

Defining the pools for an additional Internet connection
Defining the virtual server
Configuring the client SNAT

Additional configuration options

nPath routing

Introducing nPath routing

Configuring nPath routing

Defining a server pool for nPath routing
Defining a virtual server with address translation disabled
Configuring the virtual server on the content server loopback interface
Setting the route for inbound traffic
Setting the return route
Setting the idle connection time-out

Additional configuration options

Glossary