Configuring load balancing and weighting across multiple ICAP servers

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This article describes how to configure load balancing and weighting across multiple ICAP servers.

The ProxySG appliance supports weighted load balancing in forwarding requests to service groups. By default, the appliance performs typical round-robin load balancing and evenly forwards requests sequentially to servers as defined within the service group. Manually assigning weights takes advantage of round-robin load balancing in service groups that are not homogeneous, or where the servers have different capacities.

Weighting determines what proportion of the load one server bears relative to the others. If all servers have either the default weight (1) or the same weight, each share an equal proportion of the load. If one server has weight 25 and all other servers have weight 50, the 25-weight server processes half as much as any other server. If a server has a weight 0, no traffic will be sent to this server, if all servers have a weight of 0 then ICAP with will fail In the event of a 'Fail_Closed' ICAP rule in the VPM users will be unable to browse and will receive an ICAP error.

To assign weights to ICAP services in a service group using the Management Console:

  1. Select Configuration > External Services > Service Groups.
  2. If necessary, create and name a new service group by clicking New.
  3. If necessary, add ICAP services to the service group by editing the service group.
  4. To edit the weightings, select the service group and click Edit. From the Service Group list, select the service and click Edit.
  5. Set the desired weighting for the service (from 0-255), and then click OK > OK, and Apply.


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    InQuira Doc IdKB1470

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    First Published      10/01/2014
    Last Modified      07/11/2016
    Last Published      07/11/2016
    Article Audience
    Product      ProxySG
    Software      ProxyAV, SGOS 4, SGOS 5
    Topic      Configuration / WUI / CLI, Content Filtering, Content Management, Installation / Configuration, Performance, Services, Usability
    Article Number      000008699
    Summary      How to configure load balancing and weighting across multiple ICAP servers.
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