Linux Virtual Server Administration

Linux Virtual Server Administration

RHEL5: Linux Virtual Server (LVS)

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Building a Linux Virtual Server (LVS) system offers highly-available and scalable solution for production services using specialized routing and load-balancing techniques configured through the PIRANHA. This book discusses the configuration of high-performance systems and services with Red Hat Enterprise Linux and LVS.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Linux Virtual Server
1.1. Technology Overview
1.2. Basic Configurations
1.2.1. Load-Balancing Clusters Using Linux Virtual Servers
2. Linux Virtual Server Overview
2.1. A Basic LVS Configuration
2.1.1. Data Replication and Data Sharing Between Real Servers
2.2. A Three Tiered LVS Configuration
2.3. LVS Scheduling Overview
2.3.1. Scheduling Algorithms
2.3.2. Server Weight and Scheduling
2.4. Routing Methods
2.4.1. NAT Routing
2.4.2. Direct Routing
2.5. Persistence and Firewall Marks
2.5.1. Persistence
2.5.2. Firewall Marks
2.6. LVS Cluster — A Block Diagram
2.6.1. Components of an LVS Cluster
3. Initial LVS Configuration
3.1. Configuring Services on the LVS Routers
3.2. Setting a Password for the Piranha Configuration Tool
3.3. Starting the Piranha Configuration Tool Service
3.3.1. Configuring the Piranha Configuration Tool Web Server Port
3.4. Limiting Access To the Piranha Configuration Tool
3.5. Turning on Packet Forwarding
3.6. Configuring Services on the Real Servers
4. Setting Up a Red Hat Enterprise Linux LVS Cluster
4.1. The NAT LVS Cluster
4.1.1. Configuring Network Interfaces for a NAT LVS Cluster
4.1.2. Routing on the Real Servers
4.1.3. Enabling NAT Routing on the LVS Routers
4.2. LVS Cluster via Direct Routing
4.2.1. Direct Routing and arptables_jf
4.2.2. Direct Routing and IPTables
4.3. Putting the Cluster Together
4.3.1. General LVS Networking Tips
4.4. Multi-port Services and LVS Clustering
4.4.1. Assigning Firewall Marks
4.5. FTP In an LVS Cluster
4.5.1. How FTP Works
4.5.2. How This Affects LVS Routing
4.5.3. Creating Network Packet Filter Rules
4.6. Saving Network Packet Filter Settings
5. Configuring the LVS Routers with Piranha Configuration Tool
5.1. Necessary Software
5.2. Logging Into the Piranha Configuration Tool
5.6.1. The VIRTUAL SERVER Subsection
5.6.2. REAL SERVER Subsection
5.7. Synchronizing Configuration Files
5.7.1. Synchronizing
5.7.2. Synchronizing sysctl
5.7.3. Synchronizing Network Packet Filtering Rules
5.8. Starting the Cluster
A. Using LVS with Red Hat Cluster