SharePoint

1 Introduction

Microsoft SharePoint is a web platform which provides many capabilities such as:

Document management

Version control

File sharing

Collaboration

Social networking

Enterprise search

Business intelligence

Workflow automation

Website creation

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A SharePoint Server Farm can include application servers and Web Front End (WFE) servers. The WFE server is used to handle requests from clients. If the WFE server is receiving a lot of requests it may be necessary to build multiple WFE servers and distribute the load amongst them. To provide resiliency and high performance, these WFEs should be load balanced.

The Office Web Apps (OWA) servers can also be managed and/or load balanced by using the LoadMaster. The SharePoint template and steps in this document provide options for both.

1.1 Document Purpose

The purpose of this document is to provide guidance on how to configure the KEMP LoadMaster for Microsoft SharePoint.

1.2 Intended Audience

This document is intended for use by anyone who is interested in learning about deploying a KEMP LoadMaster with SharePoint.

1.3 Prerequisites

It is assumed that if you are offloading SSL, an SSL certificate and key has already been obtained and installed on the LoadMaster. For help with SSL certificates, refer to the SSL Accelerated Services, Feature Description. It is also assumed that a working SharePoint environment has been installed.

2 Template

KEMP has developed a template containing our recommended settings for this workload. You can install this template to help when creating Virtual Services, as it automatically populates the settings. 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 on the KEMP Documentation Page.

For steps on how to manually add and configure each of the Virtual Services using the recommended settings, refer to the steps in this document.

3 Configure the LoadMaster for SharePoint

To configure the LoadMaster for SharePoint, Virtual Services need to be set up:

Some are for the Central Administration website which is used to administer the SharePoint configuration overall. When you deploy the first SharePoint server, the management site is created. Further production websites can be created as needed.

The other Virtual Services are for the User Portal Site. This is for access to MySites and the rest of the SharePoint infrastructure.

The sections below provide step-by-step instructions on how to manually set up each of the 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. For more information on the SharePoint templates, refer to the Template section.

It may be possible to have a single Virtual Service for both that has extra ports, but you might want different settings on the different Virtual Services, or you might want one Virtual Service to be only accessible internally, for example.

The sections below give instructions on how to set up Virtual Services in both SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013. Refer to the relevant sections for step-by-step instructions on configuring the Virtual Services, depending on your environment. The settings contained in this document are recommended by KEMP. However, your specific configuration may require different settings.

For more information on what each of the fields mean, refer to the Web User Interface (WUI), Configuration Guide .

3.1 Two-Armed Configurations

If you have a two-armed configuration with SSL offloading, you may need to enable subnet originating requests. This can either be done on a per-Virtual Service basis (Subnet Originating Requests field in Standard Options in the Virtual Service modify screen), or on a global basis (System Configuration > Miscellaneous Options > Network Options > Subnet Originating Requests).

It is recommended that the Subnet Originating Requests option is enabled on a per-Virtual Service basis.

While a one-armed configuration is not common, it is supported. For security best practice, you should separate the network that clients will connect to from the network that the real servers are on.

3.2 Configure SharePoint 2010 Virtual Services

Refer to the sections below for instructions on how to set up the Virtual Services for SharePoint 2010. These Virtual Services are not all required – please configure the relevant Virtual Services, based on your environment.

3.2.1 Configuring the User Portal Site Virtual Services for SharePoint 2010

The sections below outline the steps on creating the User Portal Site Virtual Services for SharePoint 2010. Refer to the relevant sections below depending on your environment.

3.2.1.1 Configure a SharePoint 2010 HTTP Virtual Service

Follow the steps below to configure a SharePoint 2010 HTTP Virtual Service:

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

Configuring the User Portal.png

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

3. Enter a recognizable Service Name, for example SharePoint 2010 HTTP.

4. Click Add this Virtual Service.

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

Section

Option

Value

Comment
Standard Options Transparency Disabled  
  Persistence Mode Source IP Address  
  Timeout 1 Hour  
  Idle Connection Timeout 900 Click Set Idle Timeout.
Real Servers URL /  

6. Add any Real Servers as needed by clicking the Add New button and filling out the details.

3.2.1.2 Configure a SharePoint 2010 HTTPS Virtual Service

Follow the steps below to configure a SharePoint 2010 HTTPS Virtual Service:

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

Configuring the User Portal_3.png

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

3. Enter 443 as the Port.

4. Enter a recognizable Service Name, for example SharePoint 2010 HTTPS.

5. Click Add this Virtual Service.

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

Section

Option

Value

Comment
Standard Options Transparency Disabled  
  Persistence Mode Source IP Address  
  Timeout 1 Hour  
  Idle Connection Timeout 900 Click Set Idle Timeout.
Advanced Properties Add a Port 80 Redirector VS https//%h%s Click Add HTTP Redirector.*
Real Servers URL / Click Set URL.

*It is optional to add a HTTP redirector Virtual Service. Whether you require one or not depends on your environment.

7. Add any Real Servers as needed by clicking the Add New button and filling out the details.

3.2.1.3 Configure a SharePoint 2010 HTTPS Offloaded Virtual Service

Follow the steps below to configure a SharePoint 2010 HTTPS offloaded Virtual Service:

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

Configuring the User Portal_7.png

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

3. Enter 443 in the Port text box.

4. Enter a recognizable Service Name, for example SharePoint 2010 HTTPS Offloaded.

5. Click Add this Virtual Service.

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

Section

Option

Value

Comment
SSL Properties SSL Acceleration Enabled Click OK to the pop-up message that appears.*
  Cipher Set BestPractices  
Standard Options Transparency Disabled  
  Persistence Mode Source IP Address  
  Timeout 1 Hour  
  Idle Connection Timeout 900 Click Set Idle Timeout.
Advanced Properties Add a Port 80 Redirector VS https//%h%s Click Add HTTP Redirector.**
Real Servers URL / Click Set URL.

*Ensure you add your SSL certificate to the Virtual Service. For more information, refer to the Feature Description SSL Services.

**It is optional to add a HTTP redirector Virtual Service. Whether you require one or not depends on your environment.

7. Add any Real Servers as needed by clicking the Add New button and filling out the details.

3.2.1.4 Configure a SharePoint 2010 HTTPS Re-encrypt Virtual Service

Follow the steps below to configure a SharePoint 2010 HTTPS re-encrypt Virtual Service:

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

Configuring the User Portal_12.png

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

3. Enter 443 in the Port text box.

4. Enter a recognizable Service Name, for example SharePoint 2010 HTTPS Re-encrypt.

5. Click Add this Virtual Service.

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

Section

Option

Value

Comment
SSL Properties SSL Acceleration Enabled Click OK to the pop-up message that appears.*
  Reencrypt Enabled  
  Cipher Set BestPractices  
Standard Options Persistence Mode Source IP Address  
  Timeout 1 Hour  
  Idle Connection Timeout 900 Click Set Idle Timeout.
Advanced Properties Add a Port 80 Redirector VS https//%h%s Click Add HTTP Redirector.**
Real Servers URL / Click Set URL.

*Ensure you add your SSL certificate to the Virtual Service. For more information, refer to the Feature Description SSL Services.

**It is optional to add a HTTP redirector Virtual Service. Whether you require one or not depends on your environment.

7. Add any Real Servers as needed by clicking the Add New button and filling out the details.

3.2.2 Configuring the Central Administration Site Virtual Services for SharePoint 2010

The sections below outline the steps on creating the Central Administration Site Virtual Services for SharePoint 2010. Refer to the relevant sections below depending on your environment.

3.2.2.1 Configure a SharePoint 2010 HTTP Central Administration Site Virtual Service

Follow the steps below to configure a SharePoint 2010 HTTP Central Administration Site Virtual Service:

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

Configuring the Central Administration.png

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

3. Enter 8000 in the Port text box.

4. Enter a recognizable Service Name, for example SharePoint 2010 HTTP Central Administration Site.

5. Click Add this Virtual Service.

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

Section

Option

Value

Comment
Basic Properties Service Type HTTP/HTTPS  
Standard Options Transparency Disabled  
  Persistence Mode Source IP Address  
  Timeout 1 Hour  
  Idle Connection Timeout 900 Click Set Idle Timeout.
Real Servers Real Server Check Parameters HTTP Protocol  
  URL / Click Set URL.

7. Add any Real Servers as needed by clicking the Add New button and filling out the details.

3.2.2.2 Configure a SharePoint 2010 HTTPS Central Administration Site Virtual Service

Follow the steps below to configure a SharePoint 2010 HTTPS Central Administration Site Virtual Service:

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

Configuring the Central Administration_4.png

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

3. Enter 8444 in the Port text box.

4. Enter a recognizable Service Name, for example SharePoint 2010 HTTPS Central Administration.

5. Click Add this Virtual Service.

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

Section

Option

Value

Comment
Basic Properties Service Type HTTP/HTTPS  
Standard Options Transparency Disabled  
  Persistence Mode Source IP Address  
  Timeout 1 Hour  
  Idle Connection Timeout 900 Click Set Idle Timeout.
Real Servers Real Server Check Parameters HTTPS Protocol  
  URL / Click Set URL.

7. Add any Real Servers as needed by clicking the Add New button and filling out the details.

3.2.2.3 Configure a SharePoint 2010 HTTPS Offloaded Central Administration Site Virtual Service

Follow the steps below to configure a SharePoint 2010 HTTPS Offloaded Central Administration Site Virtual Service:

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

Configuring the Central Administration_8.png

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

3. Enter 8444 as the Port.

4. Enter a recognizable Service Name, such as SharePoint 2010 HTTPS Central Administration Site Offloaded.

5. Click Add this Virtual Service.

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

Section

Option

Value

Comment
Basic Properties Service Type HTTP/HTTPS  
SSL Properties SSL Acceleration Enabled Click OK to the pop-up message that appears.*
  Cipher Set BestPractices  
Standard Options Transparency Disabled  
  Persistence Mode Source IP Address  
  Timeout 1 Hour  
  Idle Connection Timeout 900 Click Set Idle Timeout.
Real Servers Real Server Check Parameters HTTP Protocol  
  URL / Click Set URL.

*Ensure you add your SSL certificate to the Virtual Service. For more information, refer to the Feature Description SSL Services.

7. Add any Real Servers as needed by clicking the Add New button and filling out the details.

3.2.2.4 Configure a SharePoint 2010 HTTPS Re-encrypted Central Administration Site Virtual Service

Follow the steps below to configure a SharePoint 2010 HTTPS Re-encrypted Central Administration Site Virtual Service:

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

Configuring the Central Administration_13.png

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

3. Enter 8444 as the Port.

4. Enter a recognizable Service Name, such as SharePoint 2010 HTTPS Central Administration Site Re-encrypted.

5. Click Add this Virtual Service.

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

Section

Option

Value

Comment
Basic Properties Service Type HTTP/HTTPS  
SSL Properties SSL Acceleration Enabled Click OK to the pop-up message that appears.*
  Reencrypt Enabled  
  Cipher Set BestPractices  
Standard Options Persistence Mode Source IP Address  
  Timeout 1 Hour  
  Idle Connection Timeout 900 Click Set Idle Timeout.
Real Servers Real Server Check Parameters HTTPS Protocol  
  URL / Click Set URL.

*Ensure you add your SSL certificate to the Virtual Service. For more information, refer to the Feature Description SSL Services.

7. Add any Real Servers as needed by clicking the Add New button and filling out the details.

3.3 Configure SharePoint 2013 Virtual Services

Refer to the sections below for instructions on how to set up the Virtual Services for SharePoint 2013. These Virtual Services are not all required – please configure the relevant Virtual Services, based on your environment.

3.3.1 Configure the User Portal Site Virtual Services for SharePoint 2013

The sections below outline the steps on creating the User Portal Site Virtual Services for SharePoint 2013. Refer to the relevant sections below depending on your environment.

3.3.1.1 Configure a SharePoint 2013 HTTP Virtual Service

Follow the steps below to configure a SharePoint 2013 HTTP Virtual Service:

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

Configure the User Portal.png

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

3. Enter a recognizable Service Name, for example SharePoint 2013 HTTP.

4. Click Add this Virtual Service.

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

Section

Option

Value

Comment
Standard Options Transparency Disabled  
  Idle Connection Timeout 900 Click Set Idle Timeout.
 Real Servers URL / Click Set URL.

6. Add any Real Servers as needed by clicking the Add New button and filling out the details.

3.3.1.2 Configure a SharePoint 2013 HTTPS Virtual Service

Follow the steps below to configure a SharePoint 2013 HTTPS Virtual Service:

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

Configure the User Portal_3.png

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

3. Enter 443 in the Port text box.

4. Enter a recognizable Service Name, for example SharePoint 2013 HTTPS.

5. Click Add this Virtual Service.

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

Section

Option

Value

Comment
Standard Options Transparency Disabled  
  Idle Connection Timeout 900 Click Set Idle Timeout.
Advanced Properties Redirection URL https://%h%s Click Add HTTP Redirector.*
 Real Servers URL / Click Set URL.

*It is optional to add a HTTP redirector Virtual Service. Whether you require one or not depends on your environment.

7. Add any Real Servers as needed by clicking the Add New button and filling out the details.

3.3.1.3 Configure a SharePoint 2013 HTTPS Offloaded Virtual Service

Follow the steps below to configure a SharePoint 2013 HTTPS Offloaded Virtual Service:

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

Configure the User Portal_7.png

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

3. Enter 443 in the Port text box.

4. Enter a recognizable Service Name, for example SharePoint 2013 HTTPS Offloaded.

5. Click Add this Virtual Service.

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

Section

Option

Value

Comment
SSL Properties SSL Acceleration Enabled Click OK to the pop-up message that appears.*
  Cipher Set BestPractices  
Standard Options Transparency Disabled  
  Idle Connection Timeout 900 Click Set Idle Timeout.
Advanced Properties Redirection URL https://%h%s Click Add HTTP Redirector.**
 Real Servers URL / Click Set URL.

*Ensure you add your SSL certificate to the Virtual Service. For more information, refer to the Feature Description SSL Services.

**It is optional to add a HTTP redirector Virtual Service. Whether you require one or not depends on your environment.

7. Add any Real Servers as needed by clicking the Add New button and filling out the details.

3.3.1.4 Configure a SharePoint 2013 HTTPS Re-encrypt Virtual Service

Follow the steps below to configure a SharePoint 2013 HTTPS Re-encrypt Virtual Service:

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

Configure the User Portal_12.png

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

3. Enter 443 in the Port text box.

4. Enter a recognizable Service Name, for example SharePoint 2013 HTTPS Re-encrypt.

5. Click Add this Virtual Service.

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

Section

Option

Value

Comment
SSL Properties SSL Acceleration Enabled Click OK to the pop-up message that appears.*
  Reencrypt Enabled  
  Cipher Set BestPractices  
  Idle Connection Timeout 900 Click Set Idle Timeout.
Advanced Properties Redirection URL https://%h%s Click Add HTTP Redirector.**
 Real Servers URL / Click Set URL.

*Ensure you add your SSL certificate to the Virtual Service. For more information, refer to the Feature Description SSL Services.

**It is optional to add a HTTP redirector Virtual Service. Whether you require one or not depends on your environment.

7. Add any Real Servers as needed by clicking the Add New button and filling out the details.

3.3.2 Configure the Central Administration Site Virtual Services for SharePoint 2013

The sections below outline the steps on creating the Central Administration Site Virtual Services for SharePoint 2013. Refer to the relevant sections below depending on your environment.

3.3.2.1 Configure a SharePoint 2013 HTTP Central Administration Site Virtual Service

Follow the steps below to configure a SharePoint 2013 HTTP Central Administration Site Virtual Service:

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

Configure the Central Administration.png

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

3. Enter 8000 in the Port text box.

4. Enter a recognizable Service Name, for example SharePoint 2013 HTTP Central Administration Site.

5. Click Add this Virtual Service.

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

Section

Option

Value

Comment

Basic Properties

Service Type HTTP/HTTPS  
Standard Options Transparency Disabled  
  Idle Connection Timeout 900 Click Set Idle Timeout.
 Real Servers Real Server Check Method HTTP Protocol  
  URL / Click Set URL.

7. Add any Real Servers as needed by clicking the Add New button and filling out the details.

3.3.2.2 Configure a SharePoint 2013 HTTPS Central Administration Site Virtual Service

Follow the steps below to configure a SharePoint 2013 HTTPS Central Administration Site Virtual Service:

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

Configure the Central Administration_3.png

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

3. Enter 8444 in the Port text box.

4. Enter a recognizable Service Name, for example SharePoint 2013 HTTPS Central Administration Site.

5. Click Add this Virtual Service.

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

Section

Option

Value

Comment

Basic Properties

Service Type HTTP/HTTPS  
Standard Options Transparency Disabled  
  Idle Connection Timeout 900 Click Set Idle Timeout.
 Real Servers Real Server Check Method HTTPS Protocol  
  URL / Click Set URL.

7. Add any Real Servers as needed by clicking the Add New button and filling out the details.

3.3.2.3 Configure a SharePoint 2013 HTTPS Offloaded Central Administration Site Virtual Service

Follow the steps below to configure a SharePoint 2013 HTTPS Offloaded Central Administration Site Virtual Service:

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

Configure the Central Administration_7.png

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

3. Enter 8444 in the Port text box.

4. Enter a recognizable Service Name, for example SharePoint 2013 HTTPS Central Administration Site Offloaded.

5. Click Add this Virtual Service.

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

Section

Option

Value

Comment

Basic Properties

Service Type HTTP/HTTPS  
SSL Properties SSL Acceleration Enabled Click OK to the popup message that appears.*
  Cipher Set BestPractices  
Standard Options Transparency Disabled  
  Idle Connection Timeout 900 Click Set Idle Timeout.
 Real Servers Real Server Check Method HTTP Protocol  
  URL / Click Set URL.

*Ensure you add your SSL certificate to the Virtual Service. For more information, refer to the Feature Description SSL Services.

7. Add any Real Servers as needed by clicking the Add New button and filling out the details.

3.3.2.4 Configure a SharePoint 2013 HTTPS Re-encrypted Central Administration Site Virtual Service

Follow the steps below to configure a SharePoint 2013 HTTPS Re-encrypted Central Administration Site Virtual Service:

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

Configure the Central Administration_12.png

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

3. Enter 8444 in the Port text box.

4. Enter a recognizable Service Name, for example SharePoint 2013 HTTPS Central Administration Site Re-encrypted.

5. Click Add this Virtual Service.

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

Section

Option

Value

Comment

Basic Properties

Service Type HTTP/HTTPS  
SSL Properties SSL Acceleration Enabled Click OK to the popup message that appears.*
  Reencrypt Enabled  
  Cipher Set BestPractices  
Standard Options Idle Connection Timeout 900 Click Set Idle Timeout.
 Real Servers Real Server Check Method HTTPS Protocol  
  URL / Click Set URL.

*Ensure you add your SSL certificate to the Virtual Service. For more information, refer to the Feature Description SSL Services.

7. Add any Real Servers as needed by clicking the Add New button and filling out the details.

3.3.3 Configure a SharePoint 2013 HTTP and WAF Virtual Service

Follow the steps below to configure a SharePoint 2013 HTTPS Re-encrypted Central Administration Site Virtual Service:

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

Configure a SharePoint 2013.png

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

3. Enter 80 as the Port.

4. Enter a Service Name such as SharePoint 2013 HTTP and WAF.

5. Click Add this Virtual Service.

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

Section

Option

Value

Comment
Standard Options Transparency Disabled  
  Idle Connection Timeout 900 Click Set Idle Timeout.
WAF Options Web Application Firewall Enabled  
  Available Rulesets

Select the following rulesets:

ip_reputation; known_vulns; malware_detection; botnet_attacks;sharepoint_attacks;iis_attacks*

Click Apply.
Real Servers URL / Click Set URL.

*All rules should be selected for each ruleset. Additional OWASP Core Rule Sets can be downloaded to further secure the SharePoint environment. https://modsecurity.org/crs/

7. Add any Real Servers as needed by clicking the Add New button and filling out the details.

3.3.4 Configure a SharePoint 2013 HTTPS Re-encrypted and WAF Virtual Service

Follow the steps below to configure a SharePoint 2013 HTTPS Re-encrypted Central Administration Site Virtual Service:

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

Configure a SharePoint 2013_1_1.png

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

3. Enter 443 as the Port.

4. Enter a Service Name, for example SharePoint 2013 HTTPS Re-encrypted and WAF.

5. Click Add this Virtual Service.

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

Section

Option

Value

Comment
Standard Options Transparency Disabled  
  Idle Connection Timeout 900 Click Set Idle Timeout.
SSL Properties SSL Acceleration Enabled  
  Reencrypt Enabled  
  Cipher Set BestPractices  
  Redirect URL https://%h%s Click the Add HTTP Redirector button.*
WAF Options Web Application Firewall Enabled  
  Available Rulesets

Select the following rulesets:

ip_reputation; known_vulns; malware_detection; botnet_attacks;sharepoint_attacks;iis_attacks**

Click Apply.
Real Servers URL / Click Set URL.

*It is optional to add a HTTP redirector Virtual Service. Whether you require one or not depends on your environment.

**All rules should be selected for each ruleset. Additional OWASP Core Rule Sets can be downloaded to further secure the SharePoint environment. https://modsecurity.org/crs/

7. Add any Real Servers as needed by clicking the Add New button and filling out the details.

3.4 Configure SharePoint 2016 Virtual Services

Refer to the sections below for instructions on how to set up the Virtual Services for SharePoint 2016. These Virtual Services are not all required – please configure the relevant Virtual Services based on your environment.

3.4.1 Configure the User Portal Site Virtual Services for SharePoint 2016

The sections below outline the steps to create the User Portal Site Virtual Services for SharePoint 2016. Refer to the relevant sections below depending on your environment.

3.4.1.1 Configure a SharePoint 2016 HTTP Virtual Service

Follow the steps below to configure a SharePoint 2016 HTTP 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. Enter a valid IP address in the Virtual Address text box.

3. Enter 80 in the Port text box.

4. Enter a recognizable Service Name, for example SharePoint 2016 HTTP.

5. Click Add this Virtual Service.

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

Section

Option

Value

Comment

Standard Options

Transparency Disabled  
  Scheduling Method least connection  
  Idle Connection Timeout 900 Click Set Idle Timeout.

Real Servers

URL / Click Set URL.*

*Click Show Headers. Enter the HOST and URL of the Web Application configured in Alternate Access Mappings.

7. Add any Real Servers as needed by clicking the Add New button and completing the details.

3.4.1.2 Configure a SharePoint 2016 HTTPS Virtual Service

Follow the steps below to configure a SharePoint 2016 HTTPS Virtual Service:

1. In the main menu of the LoadMaster WUI, go to Virtual Services > Add New.

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

3. Enter 443 in the Port text box.

4. Enter a recognizable Service Name, for example SharePoint 2016 HTTPS.

5. Click Add this Virtual Service.

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

Section

Option

Value

Comment

Standard Options

Transparency Disabled  
  Scheduling Method least connection  
  Idle Connection Timeout 900 Click Set Idle Timeout.

Advanced Properties

Add a Port 80 Redirector URL https://%h%s Click Add HTTP Redirector.*

Real Servers

URL / Click Set URL.

*It is optional to add a HTTP redirector Virtual Service. Whether you require one or not depends on your environment.

7. Add any Real Servers as needed by clicking the Add New button and completing the details.

3.4.1.3 Configure a SharePoint 2016 HTTPS Offloaded Virtual Service

Follow the steps below to configure a SharePoint 2016 HTTPS Offloaded Virtual Service:

1. In the main menu of the LoadMaster WUI, go to Virtual Services > Add New.

image1.png

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

3. Enter 443 in the Port text box.

4. Enter a recognizable Service Name, for example SharePoint 2016 HTTPS Offloaded.

5. Click Add this Virtual Service.

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

Section

Option

Value

Comment

SSL Properties

SSL Acceleration Enabled Click OK to the pop-up message that appears.a
  Cipher Set BestPractices  
Standard Options Transparency Disabled  
  Scheduling Method least connection  
  Idle Connection Timeout 900 Click Set Idle Timeout.

Advanced Properties

Add a Port 80 Redirector URL https://%h%s Click Add HTTP Redirector.b
 Real Servers URL / Click Set URL.c

aEnsure you add your SSL certificate to the Virtual Service. For more information, refer to the Feature Description SSL Services.

bIt is optional to add a HTTP redirector Virtual Service. Whether you require one or not depends on your environment.

cClick Show Headers. Enter the HOST and URL of the Web Application configured in Alternate Access Mappings.

7. Add any Real Servers as needed by clicking the Add New button and completing the details.

3.4.1.4 Configure a SharePoint 2016 HTTPS Re-encrypt Virtual Service

Follow the steps below to configure a SharePoint 2016 HTTPS re-encrypt Virtual Service:

1. In the main menu of the LoadMaster WUI, go to Virtual Services > Add New.

image2.png

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

3. Enter 443 in the Port text box.

4. Enter a recognizable Service Name, for example SharePoint 2016 HTTPS Re-encrypt.

5. Click Add this Virtual Service.

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

Section

Option

Value

Comment

SSL Properties

SSL Acceleration Enabled Click OK to the pop-up message that appears.a
  Reencrypt Enabled  
  Cipher Set BestPractices  
Standard Options Scheduling Method least connection  
  Idle Connection Timeout 900 Click Set Idle Timeout.

Advanced Properties

Redirect URL https://%h%s Click Add HTTP Redirector.b
 Real Servers URL / Click Set URL.
  Custom Headers Show Headers Click Show Headers.c

aEnsure you add your SSL certificate to the Virtual Service. For more information, refer to the Feature Description SSL Services.

bIt is optional to add a HTTP redirector Virtual Service. Whether you require one or not depends on your environment.

cEnter the HOST and URL of the Web Application configured in Alternate Access Mappings.

3.4.2 Configure the Central Administration Site Virtual Services for SharePoint 2016

The sections below outline the steps to create the Central Administration Site Virtual Services for SharePoint 2016. Refer to the relevant sections below depending on your environment.

3.4.2.1 Configure a SharePoint 2016 HTTP Central Administration Site Virtual Service

Follow the steps below to configure a SharePoint 2016 HTTP Central Administration Site 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. Enter a valid IP address in the Virtual Address text box.

3. Enter 8000 in the Port text box.

4. Enter a recognizable Service Name, for example SharePoint 2016 HTTP Central Administration Site.

5. Click Add this Virtual Service.

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

Section

Option

Value

Comment

Basic Properties

Service Type HTTP-HTTP/2-HTTPS  
Standard Options Transparency Disabled  
  Scheduling Method least connection  

Advanced Properties

Idle Connection Timeout 900 Click Set Idle Timeout.
 Real Servers Real Server Check Method HTTP Protocol  
  URL / Click Set URL.
  Custom Headers Show Headers Click Show Headers.*

*Enter the HOST and URL of the Web Application configured in Alternate Access Mappings.

7. Add any Real Servers as needed by clicking the Add New button and completing the details.

3.4.2.2 Configure a SharePoint 2016 HTTPS Central Administration Site Virtual Service

Follow the steps below to configure a SharePoint 2016 HTTPS Central Administration Site 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. Enter a valid IP address in the Virtual Address text box.

3. Enter 8444 in the Port text box.

4. Enter a recognizable Service Name, for example SharePoint 2016 HTTPS Central Administration Site.

5. Click Add this Virtual Service.

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

Section

Option

Value

Comment
Basic Properties Service Type HTTP-HTTP/2-HTTPS  
Standard Options Transparency Disabled  
  Scheduling Method least connection  

 

Idle Connection Timeout 900 Click Set Idle Timeout.
 Real Servers Real Server Check Method HTTPS Protocol  
  URL / Click Set URL.
  Custom Headers Show Headers Click Show Headers.

7. Add any Real Servers as needed by clicking the Add New button and completing the details.

3.4.2.3 Configure a SharePoint 2016 HTTPS Offloaded Central Administration Site Virtual Service

Follow the steps below to configure a SharePoint 2016 HTTPS Offloaded Central Administration Site 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. Enter a valid IP address in the Virtual Address text box.

3. Enter 8444 in the Port text box.

4. Enter a recognizable Service Name, for example SharePoint 2016 HTTPS Central Administration Site Offloaded.

5. Click Add this Virtual Service.

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

Section

Option

Value

Comment
Basic Properties Service Name HTTP-HTTP/2-HTTPS  
SSL Properties SSL Acceleration Enabled Click OK to the pop up message that appears.*
  Cipher Set BestPractices  
Standard Options Transparency Disabled  
  Scheduling Method least connection  

 

Idle Connection Timeout 900 Click Set Idle Timeout.
 Real Servers Real Server Check Method HTTP Protocol  
  URL / Click Set URL.
  Custom Headers Show Headers Click Show Headers.**

*Ensure you add your SSL certificate to the Virtual Service. For more information, refer to the Feature Description SSL Services.

**Enter the HOST and URL of the Web Application configured in Alternate Access Mappings.

7. Add any Real Servers as needed by clicking the Add New button and filling out the details.

3.4.2.4 Configure a SharePoint 2016 HTTPS Re-encrypted Central Administration Site Virtual Service

Follow the steps below to configure a SharePoint 2016 HTTPS Re-encrypted Central Administration Site 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. Enter a valid IP address in the Virtual Address text box.

3. Enter 8444 in the Port text box.

4. Enter a recognizable Service Name, for example SharePoint 2016 HTTPS Central Administration Site Re-encrypted.

5. Click Add this Virtual Service.

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

Section

Option

Value

Comment
Basic Properties Service Name HTTP-HTTP/2-HTTPS  
SSL Properties SSL Acceleration Enabled Click OK to the pop up message that appears.*
  Reencrypt Enabled  
  Cipher Set BestPractices  
Standard Options Scheduling Method least connection  
  Idle Connection Timeout 900 Click Set Idle Timeout
 Real Servers Real Server Check Method HTTPS Protocol  
  URL / Click Set URL.
  Custom Headers Show Headers Click Show Headers.**

*Ensure you add your SSL certificate to the Virtual Service. For more information, refer to the Feature Description SSL Services.

**Enter the HOST and URL of the Web Application configured in Alternate Access Mappings.

7. Add any Real Servers as needed by clicking the Add New button and filling out the details.

3.4.3 Configure a SharePoint 2016 HTTP and WAF Virtual Service

Follow the steps below to configure a SharePoint 2016 HTTP and WAF 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. Enter a valid IP address in the Virtual Address text box.

3. Enter 80 as the Port.

4. Enter a Service Name such as SharePoint 2016 HTTP and WAF.

5. Click Add this Virtual Service.

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

Section

Option

Value

Comment
Standard Options Transparency Disabled  
  Idle Connection Timeout 900 Click Set Idle Timeout.
WAF Options Web Application Firewall Enabled Click OK to the pop up message that appears.
  Available Rulesets

Select the following rulesets:

ip_reputation; known_vulns; malware_detection; botnet_attacks;sharepoint_attacks;iis_attacks*

Click Apply.
Real Servers URL / Click Set URL.
  Custom Headers Show Headers Click Show Headers.**

*All rules should be selected for each ruleset. Additional OWASP Core Rule Sets can be downloaded to further secure the SharePoint environment. https://modsecurity.org/crs/

**Enter the HOST and URL of the Web Application configured in Alternate Access Mappings.

7. Add any Real Servers as needed by clicking the Add New button and filling out the details.

3.4.4 Configure a SharePoint 2016 HTTPS Re-encrypted and WAF Virtual Service

Follow the steps below to configure a SharePoint 2016 HTTPS Re-encrypted Central Administration Site 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. Enter a valid IP address in the Virtual Address text box.

3. Enter 443 as the Port.

4. Enter a Service Name, for example SharePoint 2016 HTTPS Re-encrypted and WAF.

5. Click Add this Virtual Service.

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

Section

Option

Value

Comment
Standard Options Transparency Disabled  
  Idle Connection Timeout 900 Click Set Idle Timeout.
SSL Properties SSL Acceleration Enabled  
  Reencrypt

 

Enabled

 
  Cipher Set BestPractices  
  Redirect URL https://%h%s Click the Add HTTP Redirector button.a
WAF Options Web Application Firewall Enabled  
  Available rulesets Select the following rulesets: ip_reputation; known_vulns; malware_detection; botnet_attacks; sharepoint_attacks; iis_attacksb Click Apply.
Real Servers Real Server Check Method HTTPS Protocol  
  URL / Click Set URL.
  Custom Headers Show Headers Click Show Headers.c

aIt is optional to add a HTTP redirector Virtual Service. Whether you require one or not depends on your environment.

bAll rules should be selected for each ruleset. Additional OWASP Core Rule Sets can be downloaded to further secure the SharePoint environment. https://modsecurity.org/crs/

cEnter the HOST and URL of the Web Application configured in Alternate Access Mappings.

7. Add any Real Servers as needed by clicking the Add New button and filling out the details.

3.5 Enabling the Edge Security Pack (ESP) with SharePoint

If desired, you can use ESP with SharePoint. To do this, follow the steps in the ESP, Feature Description but ensure to select either Permanent Cookies Always or Permanent Cookies only on Private Computers for the Use Session or Permanent Cookies option.

Selecting a permanent cookie option ensures that Office documents can be opened correctly from SharePoint.

References

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

ESP, Feature Description

Web User Interface (WUI), Configuration Guide

IPsec Tunneling, Feature Description

Virtual Services and Templates, Feature Description

SSL Accelerated Services, Feature Description

Last Updated Date

This document was last updated on 23 January 2018.

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dmitry.ignatev

I want to ask about Configure a SharePoint 2016 HTTPS Re-encrypted and WAF Virtual Service. Any attempt to enter HOST to the Field under "Show Headers" ends with an error. I'll try enter (example) sps.e-lab.domain.ru to the Host field, as in Alternate Access Mappings.
Is it possible to give an example of filling these fields?