Aspera Server

1 Introduction

The Aspera Server enables a large number of users to exchange files over a Wide Area Network (WAN). Utilising FASP© technology at its core, the Aspera Server delivers unmatched performance and includes all the exceptional transfer and user management capabilities of the industry standard Enterprise Server and Connect Server.

The KEMP LoadMaster is able to load balance the Aspera Server workload. The LoadMaster offers advanced Layer 4 and Layer 7 server load balancing, SSL Acceleration and a multitude of other advanced Application Delivery and Optimization (ADC) features. The LoadMaster intelligently and efficiently distributes user traffic among the application servers so that users get the best experience possible. 

1.1 Document Purpose

This document provides guidance on how to deploy Aspera Server with a KEMP LoadMaster. 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 intended for use by anyone deploying Aspera Server with a KEMP LoadMaster.

2 Aspera Server Template

KEMP has developed a template containing our recommended settings for Aspera Server. This template can be installed on the LoadMaster and used when creating Virtual Services. Using a template automatically populates the settings in the Virtual Services. This is quicker and easier than manually configuring each Virtual Service. If needed, changes can be made to any of the Virtual Service settings after using the template.

Download released templates from the Templates section on the KEMP documentation page: http://kemptechnologies.com/documentation/.

For more information and steps on how to import and use templates, refer to the Virtual Services and Templates, Feature Description.

For steps on how to manually add and configure each of the Virtual Services, refer to the Configure Aspera Server Virtual Services section of this document.

The Port Following settings are not configured by the template. Refer to the Port Following section on how to configure Port Following.

 

 

3 Architecture

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4 Configure Aspera Server Virtual Services

4.1 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.

4.2 Create the Aspera Virtual Services

The following sections describe the recommended settings for the Aspera Virtual Services.

4.2.1 Aspera HTTPS Virtual Service

The following are the steps involved and the values recommended to configure the Aspera HTTPS 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 Aspera HTTPS Server.

5. Ensure tcp is selected as the Protocol.

6. Click Add this Virtual Service.

7. Enter the details shown in the following table.

Section

Option

Value

Comment

Standard Options

Persistence Mode

Source IP Address

 

 

Timeout

6 Minutes

 

 

Scheduling Method

least connection

 

Advanced Properties

Add a Port 80 Redirector VS

https://%h%s

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

8. Add the Real Servers:

a) Expand the Real Servers section.

b) Click Add New.

c) Type the address of the Aspera HTTPS Server.

d) Type 443 as the Port.

The Real Server Port should match the Virtual Service Port.

The Forwarding method and Weight values are set by default. An administrator can change these.

e) Click Add this Real Server. Click OK to the pop-up message.

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

Create an Aspera HTTPS Virtual Service Offloaded 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.

4.2.2 Aspera HTTPS-Failback Virtual Service

The following are the steps involved and the values recommended to configure the Aspera HTTPS-Failback 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 8443 in the Port text box.

4. Enter a recognizable Service Name, for example Aspera HTTPS-Failback.

5. Ensure tcp is selected as the Protocol.

6. Click Add this Virtual Service.

7. Enter the details shown in the following table:

Section

Option

Value

Standard Options

Transparency

Enabled

 

Persistence Mode

Source IP Address

 

Timeout

6 Minutes

 

Scheduling Method

least connection

Real Servers

Checked Port

8443

8. Add the Real Servers:

a) Expand the Real Servers section.

b) Click Add New.

c) Type the address of the Aspera HTTPS-Failback Server.

d) Type 8443 as the Port.

The Real Server Port should match the Virtual Service Port.

The Forwarding method and Weight values are set by default. An administrator can change these.

e) Click Add this Real Server. Click OK to the pop-up message.

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

4.2.3 Aspera FASP UDP Virtual Service

The following are the steps involved and the values recommended to configure the Aspera FASP UDP 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 * in the Port text box.

4. Enter a recognizable Service Name, for example Aspera FASP UDP.

5. Ensure udp is selected as the Protocol.

6. Click Add this Virtual Service.

7. Enter the details shown in the following table.

Section

Option

Value

Standard Options

Force L4

Disabled

 

Persistence Mode

Source IP Address

 

Timeout

6 Minutes

 

Scheduling Method

least connection

8. Add the Real Servers:

a) Expand the Real Servers section.

b) Click Add New.

c) Type the address of the Aspera FASBUDP Server.

d) Type * as the Port.

The Real Server Port should match the Virtual Service Port.

The Forwarding method and Weight values are set by default. An administrator can change these.

e) Click Add this Real Server. Click OK to the pop-up message.

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

4.2.4 Aspera FASP Virtual Service

The following are the steps involved and the values recommended to configure the Aspera FASP 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 33001 in the Port text box.

4. Enter a recognizable Service Name, for example Aspera FASP.

5. Ensure tcp is selected as the Protocol.

6. Click Add this Virtual Service.

7. Enter the details shown in the following table.

Section

Option

Value

Basic Properties

Service Type

HTTP/HTTPS

Standard Options

Persistence Mode

Source IP Address

 

Timeout

6 Minutes

 

Scheduling Method

least connection

Advanced Properties

Port Following

No VIP Selected

 

Add HTTP Headers

Legacy Operation(X-ClientSide)

Real Servers

Checked Port

33001

8. Add the Real Servers:

a) Expand the Real Servers section.

b) Click Add New.

c) Type the address of the Aspera FASP Server.

d) Type 33001 as the Port.

The Real Server Port should match the Virtual Service Port.

The Forwarding method and Weight values are set by default. An administrator can change these.

e) Click Add this Real Server. Click OK to the pop-up message.

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

4.3 Port Following

Port following must be set on both Virtual Services as follows and is explained in detail in the following sections.

4.3.1 Configure Port Following for the Aspera TCP Virtual Service

To configure port following for the Aspera TCP Virtual Service, follow the steps below:

1.  In the main menu, go to Virtual Services > View/Modify Services.

2. Click Modify for the Aspera TCP Virtual Service which you created in the Create the Aspera Virtual Services section.

3. Expand the Advanced Properties section.

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4. Select the Aspera Server UDP Virtual Service from the Port Following drop-down list.

5. Wait 10 seconds, or uncheck and check the Activate or Deactivate Service checkbox in the Basic Properties section for immediate activation.

4.3.2 Configure Port Following for the Aspera TCP Virtual Service

To configure port following for the Aspera TCP Virtual Service, follow the steps below:

1.  In the main menu, go to Virtual Services > View/Modify Services.

2. Click Modify for the Aspera Server TCP Virtual Service which you created in the Aspera HTTPS-Failback Virtual Service section.

3. Expand the Advanced Properties section.

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4. Select the Aspera TCP Virtual Service from the Port Following drop-down list.

5. Wait 10 seconds, or uncheck and check the Activate or Deactivate Service checkbox in the Basic Properties section for immediate activation.

References

Unless otherwise specified, the following documents can be found at: http://kemptechnologies.com/documentation.

Virtual Services and Templates, Feature Description

High Availability (HA), Feature Description

Document History

 

Date

Change

Reason for Change

Version

Resp.

Nov 2016

Initial Draft

First draft of document

1.0

POC

Jan 2017

Minor changes

Updated Copyright Notices

2.0

LB

July 2017 Minor changes Enhancements made 3.0 LB

 

 

 

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