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Manual Chapter: Accelerating Traffic with a Local Traffic Policy
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About classifying types of HTTP traffic with a local traffic policy

An application that runs on a virtual server accelerates all HTTP traffic. You can, however, use a local traffic policy to classify types of HTTP traffic for the BIG-IP to accelerate, by specifying hosts, paths, headers, and cookies.

Important: Although you can use a local traffic policy to classify the types of HTTP traffic to accelerate, the local traffic policy overrides the Web Acceleration profile on the virtual server. Acceleration of HTTP traffic with the BIG-IP should primarily be configured through a Web Acceleration profile, instead of a local traffic policy.

Accelerating traffic for applications with a local traffic policy

Ensure that the configuration includes a Web Acceleration profile configured with an enabled BIG-IP acceleration application.
A local traffic policy uses the HTTP header, cookie, host, and path to classify and accelerate traffic for applications that are running on a virtual server. You can assign multiple local traffic policies to a virtual server, as needed.
Important: If you configure a local traffic policy to accelerate traffic, the policy overrides settings configured on the virtual server for an acceleration application in the Web Acceleration profile.
  1. On the Main tab, click Local Traffic > Policies > Policy List. The Policy List screen opens.
  2. Click Create. The New Policy screen opens.
  3. In the Name field, type a unique name for the policy.
  4. From the Strategy list, select a matching strategy.
  5. For the Requires setting, select http from the Available list, and move the entry to the Selected list using the Move button.
  6. For the Controls setting, select acceleration from the Available list, and move the entry to the Selected list using the Move button.
  7. Click Add. The New Rule screen opens.
  8. In the Rule field, type a unique name for the rule.
  9. From the Operand list, select the http-host operand for the rule, configure the applicable settings, and click Add.
  10. From the Operand list, select the http-uri operand for the rule, configure the applicable settings, and click Add.
  11. From the Operand list, select the http-header operand for the rule, configure the applicable settings, and click Add.
  12. From the Operand list, select the http-cookie operand, configure the applicable settings, and click Add.
  13. Using the Actions setting, configure the applicable options.
    1. From the Target list, select a target.
    2. From the Event list, select an event.
    3. From the Action list, select an action.
    4. From the Parameters list, select a type of parameter to apply.
    5. In the Parameters field, type the text that applies to the type of parameter and click Add. The configured parameter appears in the Parameters list box.
    6. At the lower left, click Add. The configured settings for the action appear in the Actions list.
  14. Click Finished.
A traffic policy classifies and accelerates traffic for applications that are running on a virtual server.
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