[LON-CAPA-admin] Optimum Load Balancing
raeburn at msu.edu
Mon Mar 2 19:06:01 EST 2015
What you can do currently in LON-CAPA is to use a domain configuration
to cause users who are attempting to display the log-in page on each
of your servers to be redirected to the LON-CAPA load-balancer server.
This avoids the infinite loop, because users who already have a
session on one of the access servers will see the: "Already logged in"
message, if they display the log-in page on that particular server.
As Domain Coordinator, use:
Main Menu -> Set domain configuration -> Display ("Log-in page
If your domain contains more than one server then you will see a
"Log-in Service" section. For each access server listed select the
hostname of the load balancer server in the "Redirect to" drop down
list, and then choose the Path.
If you plan to use Shibboleth authentication on the load balancer
server, you should select / as the path. You can also enter IP
addresses for clients which you wish to exempt from the redirect.
(This is useful if you use periodic robotic log-in, role selection,
course display, and log-out for each of your LON-CAPA servers from a
script run on a dedicated monitoring server).
LON-CAPA Academic Consortium
Quoting "Abdel Messeh, Maged" <mmesseh at illinois.edu>:
> Hi All,
> I have recently successfully deployed a lon-balancer in our test
> environment which works great, however in order to completely
> benefit from it, I am looking for a way to redirect users to the
> balancer when they try to go directly to an access node. In other
> words I do not want users to be able to go to a specific access node
> and potentially overload it.
> I tried to use apache redirects (mod_rewrite) to accomplish this but
> I ended up creating a loop in the folloing fashion:
> User goes to accesstest1 --> apache redirect to lon-balance -->
> lon-balance redirect to accestest2 --> apache redirect to lon-balance
> I am not sure if there is a better way for doing this? I am also
> open for using external layer of redirects via nginx for exmaple.
> A more ambitious solution would be to completely hide which access
> node the user is on, and hence they cannot go directly to any access
> node and then see if lon-balancer can redirect users for each
> request rather than on initial logins only.
> I would greatly appreciate any thoughts on any of the above ideas.
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