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1 Introduction

Ellucian Luminis Portal is a web services and delivery environment tailored for higher education. It enables you to provide an interactive and collaborative environment. It supports a richer, more personalized user experience, improved information and service delivery and simplified administration and technology management.

1.1 Document Purpose

This document provides the recommended LoadMaster settings used when load balancing the Ellucian Luminis Portal workload. The KEMP Support Team is available to provide solutions for scenarios not explicitly defined. The KEMP support site can be found at: https://support.kemptechnologies.com.

1.2 Intended Audience

This document is for anyone deploying Ellucian Luminis Portal with a KEMP LoadMaster.

2 Architecture

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3 Configure the LoadMaster

Follow the steps in the sections below to configure the LoadMaster with the recommended settings to load balance the Ellucian Luminis Portal workload.

3.1 Enable Check Persist Globally

It is recommended that you change the Always Check Persist option to Yes – Accept Changes. Use the following steps:

1. Go to System Configuration > Miscellaneous Options > L7 Configuration.

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2. Click the Always Check Persist dropdown arrow and select Yes – Accept Changes.

3.2 Enable Subnet Originating Requests Globally

It is best practice to enable the Subnet Originating Requests option globally.

In a one-armed setup (where the Virtual Service and Real Servers are on the same network/subnet) Subnet Originating Requests is usually not needed. However, enabling Subnet Originating Requests should not affect the routing in a one-armed setup.

In a two-armed setup where the Virtual Service is on network/subnet A, for example, and the Real Servers are on network B - Subnet Originating Requests should be enabled on LoadMasters with firmware version 7.1-16 and above.

When Subnet Originating Requests is enabled, the LoadMaster will route traffic so that the Real Server will see traffic arriving from the LoadMaster interface that is in that network/subnet not the Virtual Service address.

When Subnet Originating Requests is enabled globally, it is automatically enabled on all Virtual Services. If the Subnet Originating Requests option is disabled globally, you can choose whether or not to enable Subnet Originating Requests on a per-Virtual Service basis.

To enable Subnet Originating Requests globally, follow the steps below:

1. In the main menu of the LoadMaster Web User Interface (WUI), go to System Configuration > Miscellaneous Options > Network Options.

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2. Tick the Subnet Originating Requests check box.

4 Configure the Luninis Portal Reencrypted Virtual Service

Follow the steps below to create and configure the recommended settings for the Luminis Portal Reencrypted Virtual Service:

1. In the main menu of the LoadMaster Web User Interface (WUI), go to Virtual Services > Add New.

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2. Type a valid IP address in the Virtual Address text box.

3. Type 443 in the Port text box.

4. Enter a recognizable Service Name, for example, Luminis Portal Reencrypted.

5. Ensure tcp is selected as the Protocol.

6. Click Add this Virtual Service.

7. Configure the settings as shown in the following table:

Section

Option

Value

Comment

Standard Options

Persistence Mode

Active Cookie

You must enable SSL Acceleration before you can select Active Cookie

 

Timeout

1 Hour

 

 

Cookie name

jsessionid

 

  Scheduling Method least connection  
  Idle Connection Timeout 660  
SSL Properties SSL Acceleration Enabled  
  Reencrypt Selected  
  Supported Protocols

TLS1.0

TLS1.1

TLS1.2

 
  Cipher Set BestPractices  

Advanced Properties

Add a Port 80 Redirector VS

https://%h%s

Click Add HTTP Redirector. This automatically creates a redirect on port 80.

Note: This field disappears after it is clicked.

Real Servers

Real Server Check Method

HTTPS Protocol

 

 

Checked Port

443

 

8. Add the Real Servers:

a) Expand the Real Servers section.

b) Click Add New.

c) Type the address of the Real Server.

d) Type 443 as the Port.

e) Click Add This Real Server.

f) Repeat the steps above to add more Real Servers as needed, based on the environment.

4.1 Configure the Luminis Portal Reencrypted HTTP Redirect Virtual Service

Clicking the Add HTTP Redirector button automatically creates a port 80 redirect Virtual Service. This is optional, but the purpose of this Virtual Service is to redirect any clients who have connected using HTTP to the HTTPS Virtual Service. KEMP also recommends changing the Real Server Check Method and Persistence Mode to None.

5 Document History

Date

Change

Reason for Change

Version

Resp.

April 2017

Initial Draft

First draft of document

1.0

POC

July 2017 Release updates Updates for 7.2.39 release 2.0 LB
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