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Configuring Precedence for Policy Evaluation

Aug 31, 2016

You can configure a content switching policy based on either a rule, which is a generic configuration to accommodate various content types, or a URL, which is more specific and defines exactly the type of content that has to be sent to a particular cache server. Essentially, the same content can be defined by either a rule based policy or a URL based policy.

Once you bind content switching policies of either type to a cache redirection virtual server, you can configure the virtual server to give precedence to either rule based or URL based policies. This will, in turn, decide which servers the particular requests are directed to.

To configure precedence for policy evaluation, use the precedence parameter, which specifies the type of policy (URL or RULE) that takes precedence on the content redirection virtual server.

Possible values: RULE, URL

Default value: RULE

To configure precedence for policy evaluation by using the command line interface

At the command prompt, type the following commands to configure precedence for policy evaluation and verify the configuration:

  • set cr vserver <name> [-precedence (RULE | URL)]
  • show cr vserver <name>


> set cr vserver Vserver-CRD-1 -precedence URL 
> show cr vserver Vserver-CRD-1 
        Vserver-CRD-1 (*:80) - HTTP     Type: CONTENT 
        State: UP  ARP:DISABLED 
        Client Idle Timeout: 180 sec 
        Down state flush: ENABLED 
        Disable Primary Vserver On Down : DISABLED 
        Default:        Content Precedence: URL Cache: TRANSPARENT 
        On Policy Match: ORIGIN L2Conn: OFF     OriginUSIP: OFF 
        Redirect: POLICY        Reuse: ON       Via: ON ARP: OFF 
1)      Cache bypass  Policy: bypass-cache-control 
2)      Cache bypass  Policy: Policy-CRD 

To configure precedence for policy evaluation by using the configuration utility

  1. Navigate to Traffic Management > Content Switching > Virtual Servers.
  2. In the details pane, select the virtual server for which you want to configure precedence, (for example, Vserver-CS-1), and then click Open.
  3. In the Configure Virtual Server (Content Switching) dialog box, on the Advanced tab, next to Precedence, click Rule or URL, and then click OK.