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Apr 8, 2013

I have Cisco 6500 with FWSM and ACE module which are in one central DC. Also we have four different Datacenter (Hub & spoke) and in our FWSM we have configured four contexts in central DC FWSM for each DC. Each DC servers are different VLAN and IP subnet. Now we have to configure ACE module for load balancing among those different subnet servers. What will be the design and configuration for this solution? Like routed or one-arm mode design.
 
Scenario Example:
1.  App Server01
IP:192.168.11.5/24
GW: 192.168.11.1 in FWSM
FWSM Context: DC1
Physical Location:DC1
VLAN:11

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Now customer requirement is we have to load balance using ACE between these App Servers which are in different context s in FWSM and one Server is not FWSM. how to configure or design or placement of ACE and FWSM for above scenario.

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1800 router                                       1800 ROuter
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CAT1
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