Edupoint Synergy

 

1Introduction

Edupoint Synergy is a web-based solution that delivers Student Information System (SIS) features. Synergy is Schools Interoperability Framework (SIF) compliant and SIF-certified. Synergy delivers features and compliance reporting capabilities through a flexible, customizable architecture that:

  • Streamlines workflow
  • Supports data-driven decision making
  • Facilitates collaborative communications

Synergy tracks and manages all essential district and student data while streamlining all essential K-12 student information management processes.

Figure 1‑1: Example network architecture

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

1.1Document Purpose

The purpose of the document is to outline steps on how to configure the KEMP LoadMaster to load balance the Edupoint Synergy workload.

1.2Intended Audience

This document is intended to be read by anyone who is interested in finding out how to load balance Edupoint Synergy using a KEMP LoadMaster.

2Configuring the LoadMaster

Two Virtual Services are needed to load balance the Edupoint Synergy workload. This Virtual Services can be configured manually, or a template can be used to quickly and easily configure the Virtual Services with the recommended settings. Refer to the relevant section below to find out how to create the Virtual Services.

2.1Manually Configure the Virtual Services

2.1.1Create the Virtual Service

To manually configure the Virtual Services, follow the steps below in the LoadMaster Web User Interface (WUI):

  1. In the main menu, select Virtual Services > Add New.

Figure 2‑1: Virtual Service parameters

  1. Enter a valid Virtual Address.
  2. Enter 443 as the Port.
  3. Enter a recognizable Service Name, for example Edupoint Synergy HTTPS Offloaded.
  4. Click Add this Virtual Service.
  5. Expand the SSL Properties section.

Figure 2‑2: SSL Properties

  1. Select Enabled.
  2. Click OK.
  3. Select Reencrypt.
  4. Expand the Standard Options section.

Figure 2‑3: Standard Options

  1. Select Active Cookie as the Persistence Mode.
  2. Select 1 Hour as the Timeout value.
  3. Enter LM_Synergy as the Cookie name and click Set Cookie.
  4. Expand the Advanced Properties section.

Figure 2‑4: Advanced Properties

  1. Select None in the Add HTTP Headers drop-down list.
  2. Click Add HTTP Redirector.
  3. Add any Real Servers as needed.

2.1.2Modify the Redirector Virtual Service

When Add HTTP Redirector is clicked, a redirector Virtual Service is automatically created. To configure this Virtual Service, follow the steps below:

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

Figure 2‑5: Virtual Services

  1. Click Modify on the redirect Virtual Service.

Figure 2‑6: Basic Properties

  1. Enter a recognizable Service Name, for example Edupoint Synergy HTTPS Offloaded HTTP Redirection.

Figure 2‑7: Standard Options

  1. Select None as the Persistence Mode.

2.1.3Create the Virtual Services using a Template

KEMP has developed a template containing the recommended settings for Edupoint Synergy. This template can be installed on the LoadMaster and can be used when creating each 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, you can make changes to any of the Virtual Service settings after using the templates.

Released templates can be downloaded from the KEMP website: Templates.

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

If you create another Virtual Service using the same template, ensure to change the Service Name to a unique name.

References

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

Virtual Services and Templates, Feature Description Web User Interface (WUI), Configuration Guide

Document History

Date

Change

Reason for Change

Version

Resp.

Sep 2014

Initial draft

First draft of document

1.0

LB

Nov 2014

Minor updates

Defects resolved

1.1

LB

Oct 2015

Release updates

Updates for 7.1-30 release

3.0

LB

Jan 2016

Minor updates

Updated

4.0

LB

Jan 2017

Minor updates

Enhancements made

5.0

LB

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