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Manual Chapter: Creating a Basic Web Site and E-commerce Configuration
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Overview: Basic web site and eCommerce configuration

The most common use for the BIG-IP system is distributing traffic across an array of web servers that host standard web traffic, including eCommerce traffic. The following illustration shows a configuration where a BIG-IP system load balances two sites: www.siterequest.com and store.siterequest.com. The www.siterequest.com site provides standard web content, and the store.siterequest.com site is the e-commerce site that sells items to www.siterequest.com customers.

Illustration of basic web site and eCommerce configuration

Task summary

You can implement a basic configuration for load balancing application traffic to a web site, as well as load balancing secure traffic to an eCommerce site.

Prerequisites

  • Verify that you have created two VLANs on the BIG-IP system. One VLAN should reside on the external network and another on the internal network.
  • Verify that you have created a self IP address for each VLAN.

Task list

Creating a pool to manage HTTP traffic

Use this procedure to create a pool to manage HTTP connections.
  1. On the Main tab, click Local Traffic > Pools. The Pool List screen opens.
  2. Click Create. The New Pool screen opens.
  3. In the Name field, type a unique name for the pool.
  4. For the Health Monitors setting, from the Available list, select the http monitor, and click << to move the monitor to the Active list.
  5. From the Load Balancing Method list, select how the system distributes traffic to members of this pool. The default is Round Robin.
  6. For the Priority Group Activation setting, select the way to handle priority groups:
    • Retain the default option, Disabled to disable priority groups.
    • Select Less than, and type the minimum number of members in the Available Members field that must remain available in each priority group in order for traffic to remain confined to that group.
  7. Using the New Members setting, add each resource that you want to include in the pool:
    1. Type an IP address in the Address field, or select a node address from the Node List.
    2. Type 80 in the Service Port field, or select HTTP from the list.
    3. (Optional) Type a priority number in the Priority field.
    4. Click Add.
  8. Click Finished.
The new pool appears in the Pools list.

Creating a pool to manage HTTPS traffic

You can a create pool (a logical set of devices, such as web servers, that you group together to receive and process HTTPS traffic) to efficiently distribute the load on your server resources.
  1. On the Main tab, click Local Traffic > Pools. The Pool List screen opens.
  2. Click Create. The New Pool screen opens.
  3. In the Name field, type a unique name for the pool.
  4. Assign the https or https_443 health monitor from the Available list by moving it to the Active list.
  5. From the Load Balancing Method list, select how the system distributes traffic to members of this pool. The default is Round Robin.
  6. For the Priority Group Activation setting, select the way to handle priority groups:
    • Retain the default option, Disabled to disable priority groups.
    • Select Less than, and type the minimum number of members in the Available Members field that must remain available in each priority group in order for traffic to remain confined to that group.
  7. Add each resource that you want to include in the pool using the New Members setting:
    1. Type an IP address in the Address field, or select a node address from the Node List.
    2. Type 443 in the Service Port field, or select HTTPS from the list.
    3. (Optional) Type a priority number in the Priority field.
    4. Click Add.
  8. Click Finished.
The HTTPS load balancing pool now appears in the Pool List screen.

Creating a virtual server to manage HTTP traffic

You can create a virtual server to manage HTTP traffic as either a host virtual server or a network virtual server.
  1. On the Main tab, click Local Traffic > Virtual Servers. The Virtual Server List screen displays a list of existing virtual servers.
  2. Click the Create button. The New Virtual Server screen opens.
  3. In the Name field, type a unique name for the virtual server.
  4. For the Destination setting, in the Address field, type the IP address you want to use for the virtual server. The IP address you type must be available and not in the loopback network.
  5. In the Service Port field, type 80, or select HTTP from the list.
  6. From the HTTP Profile list, select http .
  7. From the HTTP Compression Profile list, select one of the following profiles:
    • httpcompression.
    • wan-optimized-compression.
    • A customized profile.
  8. Optional: In the Web Acceleration Profile list, select one of the following profiles:
    • optimized-acceleration.
    • optimized-caching.
    • webacceleration.
    • A customized profile.
  9. In the Resources area of the screen, from the Default Pool list, select a pool name.
  10. Click Finished.
The HTTP virtual server appears in the list of existing virtual servers on the Virtual Server List screen.

Creating a virtual server to manage HTTPS traffic

You can specify a virtual server to be either a host virtual server or a network virtual server to manage HTTPS traffic.
  1. On the Main tab, click Local Traffic > Virtual Servers. The Virtual Server List screen displays a list of existing virtual servers.
  2. Click the Create button. The New Virtual Server screen opens.
  3. In the Name field, type a unique name for the virtual server.
  4. For the Destination setting, in the Address field, type the IP address you want to use for the virtual server. The IP address you type must be available and not in the loopback network.
  5. Type 443 in the Service Port field, or select HTTPS in the list.
  6. Select http in the HTTP Profile list.
  7. From the HTTP Compression Profile list, select one of the following profiles:
    • httpcompression.
    • wan-optimized-compression.
    • A customized profile.
  8. In the Web Acceleration Profile list, select one of the following profiles:
    • optimized-acceleration.
    • optimized-caching.
    • webacceleration.
    • A customized profile.
  9. For the SSL Profile (Client) setting, in the Available list, select clientssl, and using the Move button, move the name to the Selected list.
  10. Click Finished.
The HTTPS virtual server appears in the Virtual Server List screen.
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