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Archived Manual: BIG-IP FireGuard Controller Guide, version 3.3
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Original Publication Date: 09/26/2007

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Introduction

Getting started

Choosing a solution
Choosing a configuration tool

Using the Administrator Kit

Stylistic conventions
Finding additional help and technical support resources

What's new in version 3.3

BIG-IP e-Commerce Controller
BIG-IP Cache Load Balancer
Performance enhancements

Learning more about the BIG-IP Controller product family

Balancing Traffic Outbound to the Internet

Introducing firewall load balancing for outbound traffic

Configuration tasks

Verifying user network routing

Creating a pool for the firewalls

Creating a wildcard virtual server

Enhancing security

Configuring interfaces

Configuring network address translation on firewalls

Creating a route for return traffic

Balancing Traffic Inbound to Enterprise Servers

Introducing firewall load balancing for inbound traffic

Configuration tasks

Configuring routing to the internal network

Creating pools for firewalls and servers

Creating a pool for outside firewall interfaces
Creating a pool for servers
Creating a pool for inside firewall interfaces

Creating virtual servers for the firewall sandwich

Creating a wildcard virtual server to load balance the outside firewall interfaces
Creating a standard virtual server to load balance the enterprise servers
Designating the last hop pool

Configuring interfaces

Configuring administrative routing

Balancing Two-Way Traffic

Introducing firewall load balancing for two-way traffic

Configuration tasks

Configuring routing to the internal network

Creating pools for the firewalls

Creating a pool for outside firewall interfaces
Creating a pool for inside firewall interfaces

Creating virtual servers for inbound traffic

Creating a network virtual server
Creating a forwarding virtual server
Designating a last hop pool for inbound traffic

Creating virtual servers for outbound traffic

Creating a wildcard virtual server for balancing outbound traffic to the firewalls
Creating a forwarding wildcard virtual server to forward traffic to the Internet
Designating a last hop pool for outbound traffic

Configuring interfaces

Configuring administrative routing

Balancing Two-Way Traffic with Destination Processing

Introducing two-way firewall load balancing with destination processing

Configuration tasks

Configuring routing to the internal network

Creating pools for firewalls and servers

Creating a pool for outside firewall interfaces
Creating a pool for inside firewall interfaces
Creating a pool for servers

Creating virtual servers for inbound traffic

Creating a network virtual server to load balance the firewalls
Creating a standard virtual server to load balance intranet servers
Designating a last hop pool for inbound traffic

Creating virtual servers for outbound traffic

Creating a wildcard virtual server for balancing traffic to the firewalls
Creating a forwarding wildcard virtual server to forward traffic to the Internet
Designating a last hop pool for outbound traffic

Configuring interfaces

Configuring administrative routing

Essential Configuration Tasks

Determining which configuration tasks to do

Basic configuration tasks
Optional configuration tasks

Configuring a pool

Configuring virtual servers

Using standard or wildcard virtual servers
Using additional features with virtual servers
Defining standard virtual servers
Defining wildcard virtual servers

Allowing access to ports and services

Configuring the timer settings

Setting the node ping timer
Setting the timer for reaping idle connections
Setting the service check timer
Service checking for wildcard servers and ports

Changing the global load balancing mode

Using Ratio mode

Configuring NATs and IP forwarding for nodes

Defining a standard network address translation (NAT)
Defining a secure network address translation (SNAT)
Setting up IP forwarding

Setting up ECV service checks for firewalls

Configuring persistence for e-commerce and other dynamic content sites

Setting up SSL persistence
Setting up simple persistence

Configuring and synchronizing redundant systems

Preparing to use the synchronization command
Synchronizing configurations between controllers
Configuring fail-safe settings

Glossary