Manual : 3-DNS Administrator Guide, version 4.5

Applies To:

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3-DNS Controller versions 1.x - 4.x

  • 4.6.1, 4.6.0, 4.5 PTF-08, 4.5 PTF-07, 4.5 PTF-06, 4.5 PTF-05, 4.5 PTF-04, 4.5 PTF-03, 4.5 PTF-02, 4.5 PTF-01, 4.5.9, 4.5.0
Original Publication Date: 03/01/2010

Table of Contents


Getting started

Choosing a configuration too
Browser support

Using the Administrator Kit

Stylistic conventions

What is the 3-DNS Controller?

Internet protocol and network management support
Security features
Configuration scalability
System synchronization options
Configuring data collection for server status and network path data
Redundant system configurations

What's new in version 4.5

Automatic discovery
Easy system account and password creation
Enhanced synchronization
Expanded statistics
Multi-homing and firewall support
Security enhancements

Finding help and technical support resources

Planning the 3-DNS Configuration

Managing traffic on a global network

Understanding a basic 3-DNS configuration
Synchronizing configurations and broadcasting performance metrics
Using a 3-DNS Controller as a standard DNS server
Load balancing connections across the network
Working with 3-DNS Controllers and other products

Planning issues for the network setup

Configuring the base network
Defining data centers and servers
Planning a sync group
Setting up communications on a 3-DNS Controller

Choosing the 3-DNS mode

Running a 3-DNS Controller in node mode
Running a 3-DNS Controller in bridge mode or router mode

Planning issues for the load balancing configuration

Using advanced traffic control features

Using the Setup Utility

Creating the initial software configuration with the Setup utility

Connecting to the 3-DNS Controller for the first time

Running the utility from the console or serial termina
Running the Setup utility remotel

Using the Setup utility for the first time

Keyboard type
Root password
Host name
Redundant system settings
Setting the interface media type
Configuring VLANs and IP addresses
Configuring a default gateway pool
Configuring remote web server access
Configuring remote administrative access
Setting support access
Setting the time zone
Configuring NTP support
Configuring the 3-DNS mode
Configuring user authentication
Configuring NameSurfer for zone file management

Running the Setup utility after creating the initial software configuration

Options available only through the Setup utility menu

Post-Setup Tasks


Configuring the interfaces

Understanding the interface naming convention
Displaying status for interfaces
Setting the media type
Setting the duplex mode

Working with VLANs

Default VLAN configuration
Creating, renaming, and deleting VLANs
Configuring packet access to VLANs
Setting up security for VLANs
Setting fail-safe timeouts for VLANs
Setting the MAC masquerade address

Configuring a self IP address

Essential Configuration Tasks

Reviewing the configuration tasks

Setting up a basic configuration

Setting up a data center

Setting up servers

Defining 3-DNS Controllers
Defining BIG-IP systems
Defining a BIG-IP system with the 3-DNS module
Defining a router
Defining EDGE-FX systems
Defining host servers
Configuring host SNMP settings

Working with sync groups

Configuring sync groups
Setting the time tolerance value

Overview of auto-configuration

Configuring global variables

Configuring a Globally-Distributed Network

Understanding a globally-distributed network

Using Topology load balancing

Setting up a globally-distributed network configuration

Adding data centers to the globally-distributed network configuration
Adding 3-DNS Controllers to the globally-distributed network configuration
Adding BIG-IP systems to the globally-distributed network configuration
Adding wide IPs to the globally-distributed network configuration
Configuring topology records for the globally-distributed network configuration

Additional configuration settings and tools

Setting limits thresholds
Other resources

Configuring a Content Delivery Network

Introducing the content delivery network

Using the 3-DNS Controller in a CDN
Reviewing a sample CDN configuration

Deciding to use a CDN provider

Setting up a CDN provider configuration

Adding data centers
Adding 3-DNS Controllers
Adding load balancing servers
Adding wide IPs and pools
Adding a topology statement

Ensuring resource availability

Monitoring the configuration

Working with Quality of Service

Overview of Quality of Service

Understanding QOS coefficients

Customizing the QOS equation

Using the Dynamic Ratio option

Working with Global Availability Load Balancing

Overview of the Global Availability load balancing mode

Configuring the Global Availability mode

A Global Availability configuration example

Adding a 3-DNS Controller to an Existing Network

Working with multiple 3-DNS Controllers

Preparing to add a second 3-DNS Controller to your network

Installing the hardware and running the Setup utility
Making the existing 3-DNS Controller aware of the additional controller
Running the 3dns_add script
Verifying the configuration