Simple SLB with CSS 11052

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Sep 26th, 2008

I just bought a used CSS 11052 and I'm trying to use it in a non-production environment to do simple load-balancing across two servers that are running Windows Server 2003. My client applications on the front-end of the switch need to access back-end services by VIP and I also have clients running on the back-end servers that need to access other back-end services by VIP.

I have minimal networking background and very little CSS background, so I have some newbie questions:

1. Can a client running on a back-end server access a back-end service by VIP? Even if the back-end client request gets load-balanced to a service running on the same server as the client?

2. I have a simple office network with one simple router/gateway (a Netgear FVS-318) and a single subnet ( What switching topology should I use? I've seen documentation and books talking about bridged, routed, and one-armed designs but I can't tell which would be simplest for me to set up. This is a small setup, so I don't have enough servers to care about using up all the interface ports on the switch. I also don't expect a lot of network traffic.

Any help I could get would be greatly appreciated.

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Jon Marshall Fri, 09/26/2008 - 10:40


This forum is mainly for people with expertise in LAN switches and routers. There is another forum for load-balancing

Data Center -> Application Networking

in that forum are people who are much better placed to answer this type of question ie. one of Cisco's load-balancing experts frequently posts answers.

Please do not take this as a "you posted in the wrong forum..." post rather it is meant to help you get a good answer to your question.



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