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F5 Load Balancer with Sitefinity

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  1. Mitch
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    14 Oct 2010
    21 Oct 2010
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    My company is new to Sitefinity and we have F5 load balancers we have used for our prvious CMS front end web servers. I was wondering if anyone out there has used an F5 load balancer with Sitefinity and if you have any suggestions or even iRules you have created that seemn to work with with this product?

    Thanks
  2. Chris Aybar
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    05 Mar 2012
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    Has anyone been successful in setting up Sitefinity 3.x with F5 load balancers? What about 4.x?
  3. Mitch
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    12 Mar 2012
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    My company is using an F5 with SF 3.x in production and it works just fine. We have a primary web/IIS server which we replicate the SF folder on that server to the other web servers. The F5 settings I think are pretty basic, no iRules are being used. We haven't encountered any issues with it at all unlike SharePoint for example which is a pain. 
  4. Chris Aybar
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    13 Mar 2012
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    Sitefinity is pretty sensitive about the IIS setup in order to validate the license installed on production web servers. If F5 forwards requests to internal servers using IP addresses, Sitefinity won't be able to properly validate the license for the domain since in IIS the web site instances are probably setup without a host header value within the IP binding context.  How can we get around this problem using an F5 device?
  5. Mitch
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    The F5 sits in front of the web servers so it's not effecting forwarding the IIS traffic internally. Example:  Firewall -> F5 (DMZ) -> IIS web servers (DMZ) -> Internal servers/users. The only translation happening is to external users.There is a lot of IP address translating done on the F5 (Public IP -> VIP address -> SNAT address -> IIS host) but once again all of that is before the traffic hits the IIS servers. We have test, dev, and prod environments all setup the same with no issue and no real tweaking of the IIS servers. 
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