Configuring basic content switching

Before you configure content switching, you must understand how content switching is set up and how the services and virtual servers are connected.

To configure a basic, functional content switching setup, first enable the content switching feature. Then, create at least one content group. For each content group, create a content switching virtual server to accept requests to a group of web sites that use content switching. Also create a load balancing setup, which includes a group of load balancing virtual servers to which the content switching virtual server directs requests. To specify which requests to direct to which load balancing virtual server, create at least two content switching policies, one for each type of request that is to be redirected. When you have created the virtual servers and policies, bind the policies to the content switching virtual server. You can also bind a policy to multiple content switching virtual servers. When you bind a policy, you specify the load balancing virtual server to which requests that match the policy are to be directed.

In addition to binding individual policies to a content switching virtual server, you can bind policy labels. If you create additional content groups, you can bind a policy or policy label to more than one of the content switching virtual servers.


After creating a content group, you can modify its content switching virtual server to customize the configuration. For information on modifying the configuration of an existing content switching virtual server, see “ Customizing the Basic Content Switching Configuration.” For information on disabling and re-enabling entities, unbinding policies, and removing entities, see “ Managing a Content Switching Setup.”

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