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CIFS clustering through load balancer

Follow these steps to configure CIFS clustering through the load balancer.
Setting up a CIFS cluster involves configuring the Balance application and the HAProxy load balancer.

Balance is a load balancing solution for simple TCP proxy with round robin load balancing and fail over mechanisms.

  1. Configure Balance.

    For Linux from Source:

    1. Download Balance from the Balance download page.

      Ensure that building toolchains specific to your OS version are installed. For example, GNU Compiler Collection (GCC), GNU make, or any other related packages.

    2. Run the following commands to install Balance:

      make install

      This installs Balance at /usr/sbin/ and the man page at /usr/man/man1.

    3. Enable Balance to bind on port 445 of the local IPv4 IP address and distribute connections to <host1_IP>, port 445, and <host2_IP>, port 445.

      #balance -fb ::ffff:<IP>  445 <host1_IP>:445 % <host2_IP>:445

      where <IP> is the local IPv4 IP address, <host1_IP> is the IPv4 address of the first server hostname, and <host2_IP> is the IPv4 address of the second server hostname.

  2. Configure HAProxy.
    1. To configure HAProxy on Solaris, download the appropriate version of HAProxy in accordance to your server (x86 or Sparc).

      For example, haproxy-1.4.18-pcre-solaris10-x86.stripped.gz.

    2. Get Perl Compatible Regular Expressions (PCRE) and its dependencies from

      1. Unzip the PCRE library.
        gunzip prce-x.x.tar.gz
         tar xf prce-x-x.tar
        cd prce-x.x
      2. Run the following commands:
        ./configure --enable-static --enable-shared --prefix=/usr/local--enable-unicode-properties
        make && make install
    3. Create a new user and group with name haproxy.
    4. Run the following commands:

      gunzip haproxy-1.4.x-pcre-solaris10-x86.stripped.gz
      mv haproxy-1.4.x-pcre-solaris10-x86.stripped haproxy
      mv haproxy /usr/bin/
      chmod +x /usr/bin/haproxy
      mkdir -p /etc/haproxy
    5. Create and edit the /etc/haproxy/haproxy.cfg configuration file by adding the configuration shown below:

          log  local0 notice
          user haproxy
          group  haproxy
          chroot /etc/haproxy #directory
          nbproc  7
          pidfile /var/run/
            log global
            option tcplog
            option redispatch
            contimeout     3000
            clitimeout     5000
            srvtimeout     5000
      listen hostname  <IP>:445
            mode tcp
            balance roundrobin
            server hostname <host1_IP>:445 weight  77
            server hostname <host2_IP>:445 weight 179
      Note: Make sure you have /usr/bin in your environment path.
    6. Run HAProxy with the following command:

      haproxy -f /etc/haproxy/haproxy.cfg -D
When a proxy is used for mapping the CIFS drive, CIFS clients from multiple IP addresses access Alfresco CIFS through the same IP address. To ensure that Alfresco CIFS is aware that all client IP addresses used for accessing CIFS will use the same IP address (address of your proxy/load balancer), set the following property in the file, on all Alfresco nodes in the cluster:
cifs.loadBalancerList = <IP address of the Load Balancer>

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