Configuring Connections to eDirectory Replicas

You can reduce network traffic and improve the accuracy of identifying users in eDirectory by properly configuring the correct replica for a specific group. Properly configured replicas will:

  • reduce load on your root eDirectory server.
  • reduce network traffic between your eDirectory servers.
  • improve performance of eDirectory identification on the Appliance.

Reduce Root Server Load

Properly configured connections to local replicas can greatly reduce the load on your root server. The Web Appliance regularly pulls identification information. Communicating with a local replica for the given organizational unit will reduce the load of your root eDirectory server.

Network Impact

Connecting to a local replica will also reduce network traffic between your eDirectory servers. If the Web Appliance is communicating with a server holding a local replica for the given organizational unit, that eDirectory server will not have to pull information from a different eDirectory server in your network before passing that information back to the Web Appliance.

Identification Performance

The Web Appliance synchronizes identification data from eDirectory servers. Properly configuring your Web Appliance to connect to the correct replica for a given organizational unit, the Web Appliance will allow it to receive more timely information about who is logged in.