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1 Introduction

Banner(R) by Ellucian is the world's leading higher education Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system --the solution of choice for almost 1,400 institutions in 40 countries. With the industry's most comprehensive set of features and future-ready technology, Banner strengthens every major workflow in higher education, from student recruiting and retention to talent attraction and management.

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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 Kemp LoadMaster can load balance the Ellucian Banner workload. The LoadMaster intelligently and efficiently distributes user traffic among the application servers so that users get the best experience possible.

This document provides guidance and recommended settings on how to load balance Ellucian Banner 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.

2 Template

Kemp has developed a template containing our recommended settings for this workload. You can install this template to help create Virtual Services (VSs) because it automatically populates the settings. You can use the template to easily create the required VSs with the recommended settings. For some workloads, additional manual steps may be required such as assigning a certificate or applying port following, these steps are covered in the document, if needed.

You can remove templates after use and this will not affect deployed services. If needed, you can make changes to any of the VS settings after using the template.

Download released templates from the Templates section on the Kemp Documentation page.

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.

3 LoadMaster Global Settings

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

3.1 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 routes traffic so that the Real Server sees traffic arriving from the LoadMaster interface that is in that network/subnet.

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 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. Select the Subnet Originating Requests check box.

3.2 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 drop-down arrow and select Yes - Accept Changes.

4 Virtual Service - Ellucian Banner

This step-by-step set up of VSs leverages the Kemp application template for Ellucian Banner.

The table in each section outlines the settings configured by the application template. You can use this information to manually configure VSs or using the Kemp LoadMaster API and automation tools.

4.1 Create Ellucian Banner HTTPS Re-Encrypted Virtual Service

To configure a VS using the application template, perform the following steps:

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

2. Type a valid Virtual Address.

3. Select Ellucian Banner HTTPS Re-Encrypted in the Use Template drop-down list.

4. Click Add this Virtual Service.

5. In the left-hand navigation select View/Modify Services.

6. Click Modify on the Virtual Service Ellucian Banner HTTPS Re-encrypted on port TCP 443.

7. Expand the SSL Properties section.

8. Select the certificate to use from Available Certificates and click the arrow (>) to move it to Assigned Certificates.

9. Expand the Real Servers section.

10. Click Add New.

11. Type the Real Server Address.

12. Confirm that port 443 is entered.

13. Click Add This Real Server.

a) Repeat this step to add more Real Servers as needed.

4.1.1 Banner HTTPS Re-encrypted Virtual Service Recommended API Settings (optional)

This table outlines the API parameters and values set using the Kemp application template. You can use these settings with scripts and automation tools.

API Parameter API Value

port

443

prot

tcp

SubnetOriginating

1

Persist

active-cookie

Cookie jsessionid

PersistTimeout

3600

Schedule

lc

Idletimeout

660

SSLAcceleration

1

SSLReencrypt

1

CipherSet

BestPractices

ClientCert

0

CheckUseGet

0

4.1.2 Banner HTTPS Re-encrypted Redirect Virtual Service Recommended API Settings (optional)

This table outlines the API parameters and values set using the Kemp application template. You can use these settings with scripts and automation tools.

API Parameter

API Value

port 80
prot tcp
Transparent 0
Persist none
Schedule rr

Last Updated Date

This document was last updated on 02 September 2020.

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