New Training: SharePoint Physical Architecture
In this 6-video skill, CBT Nuggets trainer Jacob Moran teaches you how to support SharePoint deployments of various sizes by planning your server infrastructure. Gain an understanding of SharePoint installation best practices and SharePoint load distribution. Watch this new Sharepoint training.
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This training includes:
- 6 videos
- 43 minutes of training
You’ll learn these topics in this skill:
- Classic SharePoint Architecture
- Expanded Advanced SharePoint Tiered Architectures
- SharePoint MinRole Deployment
- Planning SharePoint Storage
- Planning for Networking to Support SharePoint
- Load Balancing Options to Support SharePoint
3 Load Balancing Options For SharePoint
Planning load balancing for SharePoint systems can be a straightforward task if you understand what options you have.
SharePoint traffic can run through HTTP or HTTPS traffic. All load balancing schemes can be used with SSL, though there may be a couple of caveats depending on your implementation.
The preferred method is using Layer 7 SNAT. With this method, load balancers can use a reverse proxy mode which also offers URL switching, cookie insertion, and WAF capabilities. If you plan on using SSL for your SharePoint system, you'll also need to implement SSL termination for this method as well. It is a requirement.
Another option is to use Layer 4 direct routing. Utilizing direct routing can be fully transparent and fast, but there may be ARP issues that need to be addressed.
The final option is using a traditional Layer 4 NAT option. This method is easy to implement quickly, but it usually requires multiple subnets.
Each method has its pros and cons. For the best security, you may want to consider the first option (Layer 7 with SNAT) due to its ability to pass traffic through a web application firewall.