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Manual Chapter: Setting Up WAN Optimization Using the Quick Start Screen
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About the WAN Optimization Quick Start screen

The Quick Start screen for WAN optimization provides all the settings you need to configure WAN Optimization Manager (WOM) on one side of the WAN. After you have set up the BIG-IP WOM systems on both sides of the WAN, you can begin optimizing the application traffic you specify. An important advantage of configuring WOM using the Quick Start screen is that the system automatically selects TCP parameter settings based on the hardware. If you do not use the Quick Start screen, the system uses the generalized default TCP settings, which might not be optimal for your hardware.

The Quick Start screen is for the initial BIG-IP WOM setup. To change the settings for any WOM objects after you have completed the initial configuration on the Quick Start screen, use the screen that pertains to that object. For example, to change the settings for the local endpoint, use the Local Endpoint screen.

Setting up WAN optimization using the Quick Start screen

You cannot view the Quick Start screen until you have defined at least one VLAN and at least one self IP on a configured BIG-IP system that is provisioned for WOM.
To optimize WAN traffic, you must configure BIG-IP WOM on both sides of the WAN. You can use the Quick Start screen to quickly set up WAN Optimization Manager, using the default settings, on a single screen of each BIG-IP system.
  1. Log in to the BIG-IP WOM system that you want to configure. The default login value for both user name and password is admin.
  2. On the Main tab, click WAN Optimization > Quick Start.
  3. In the WAN Self IP Address field, type the local endpoint IP address. This IP address must be in the same subnet as a self IP address on the BIG-IP system. To make sure that dynamic discovery properly detects this endpoint, the IP address must be the same as a self IP address on the BIG-IP WOM system.
  4. Verify that the Discovery setting is set to Enabled. If you disable the Discovery setting, or discovery fails, you must manually configure any remote endpoints and advertised routes.
  5. Specify the VLANs on which the virtual servers on this system receive incoming traffic.
    • For the LAN VLANs setting, select the VLANs that receive incoming LAN traffic destined for the WAN.
    • For the WAN VLANs setting, select the VLANs that receive traffic from the WAN through an iSession connection.
  6. In the Authentication area, for the Outbound iSession to WAN setting, select the SSL profile to use for all encrypted outbound iSession connections. To get WAN optimization up and running, you can use the default selection serverssl, but you need to customize this profile for your production environment.
  7. For the Inbound iSession from WAN setting, select the SSL profile to use on the incoming iSession connection. To get WAN optimization up and running, you can use the default selection wom-default-clientssl.
    Note: If you configure the iSession connection to not always encrypt the traffic between the endpoints, this profile must be a client SSL profile for which the Non-SSL Connections setting is enabled, such as wom-default-clientssl.
  8. In the IP Encapsulation area, from the IP Encapsulation Type list, select the encapsulation type, if any, for outbound iSession traffic.
    1. If you select IPsec, select an IPsec policy from the IPSEC Policy list that appears, or retain the default, default-ipsec-policy-isession.
    2. If you select IPIP, the system uses the IP over IP tunneling protocol, and no additional encapsulation setting is necessary.
    3. If you select GRE, select a GRE profile from the GRE Profile list that appears, or retain the default, gre.
  9. Select the applications you want to optimize by selecting the adjacent check boxes in the Create Optimized Applications list. To secure and encrypt data, enable the Data Encryption setting for each optimized application you select. If you selected IPsec for the IP Encapsulation Type, the IPsec policy you selected determines encryption of TCP traffic.
  10. Click Apply.

The system creates the necessary virtual servers and associated profiles to optimize the selected application traffic, as indicated by the green check marks in the Optimizations Enabled column on the Quick Start screen. If your network supports IPv6, the BIG-IP WOM automatically creates virtual servers for both IPv6 and IPv4 networks, and uses the appropriate virtual server based on the IP addressing in your network.

For some applications, such as HTTP and MAPI, the system creates a virtual server only for initiating traffic. For other applications, such as CIFS and FTP, the system creates two virtual servers: one to initiate traffic destined for the other side of the WAN and another to receive traffic from the other side of the WAN, after the traffic is terminated by the iSession terminating virtual server.

Note: If you are using a one-arm deployment, you must manually create the virtual servers to receive CIFS and FTP traffic, because the system detects only one VLAN.
To complete the setup, repeat this task on the BIG-IP system on the other side of the WAN.
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