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Optimizing Siebel Native Load Balancing Performance

By default, Siebel native load balancing maps all Siebel Servers to a single virtual server after generating the lbconfig.txt file. All Application Object Manager (AOM) connect strings receive the virtual server name in the SWSE configuration file (eapps.cfg). This configuration allows the SWSE to distribute requests for all AOMs to all Siebel Servers.

When the SWSE sends a request for an AOM to a Siebel Server on which the AOM is not running, these requests fail. When this situation occurs, the SWSE automatically sends the failed request to another Siebel Server. Typically, users do not notice these retries unless the allowed maximum number of retries is exceeded.

The allowed maximum number of retries is five. Therefore, if there are more than five load-balanced Siebel Servers on which an AOM is not running, you should consider optimizing the load balancing configuration file. This configuration prevents users from experiencing failed attempts to start applications.

You optimize lbconfig.txt by adding additional virtual server definitions that define the groups of Siebel Servers on which particular AOMs run. You then edit the AOM connection strings in the SWSE configuration file (eapps.cfg) to include the virtual server specific to that AOM. Edit the AOM connection strings the eapps.cfg file after you apply a SWSE logical profile. If you reapply a SWSE logical profile, you update the eapps.cfg file and lose the changes you made the to the connection strings.

For example, you have two Siebel Servers, Sieb1 and Sieb2. They run the AOMs shown in Table 10.

Table 10. AOMs Running on the Siebel Servers

Call Center

Call Center





To minimize retries, delete the existing definition, VirtualServer, in lbconfig.txt and define four virtual servers as follows:

#Section one -- Session Manager Rules:





Then edit the connect strings in the SWSE configuration file (eapps.cfg) as in the following examples:

  • Call Center: ConnectString = siebel.TCPIP.none.none://CallCenterVirtualServer/SBA80/sccObjMgr_enu
  • Sales: ConnectString = siebel.TCPIP.none.none://SalesVirtualServer/SBA80/sseObjMgr_enu
  • eChannel: ConnectString = siebel.TCPIP.none.none://eChannelVirtualServer/SBA80/eChannelObjMgr_enu
  • Marketing: ConnectString = siebel.TCPIP.none.none://MarketingVirtualServer/SBA80/smeObjMgr_enu

NOTE:  If you optimize lbconfig.txt by creating multiple virtual server definitions, you lose these changes if you generate the file again. To prevent this situation, save the file under another name before generating it. Then copy your additional virtual server definitions to the new file.

To optimize the load balancing configuration file

  1. Start Siebel Server Manager and enter the following command to obtain Siebel Server IDs.

    list server show SBL_SRVR_NAME, SV_SRVRID

    Write down the Siebel Server IDs of the servers you want to add to virtual server definitions.

  2. Navigate to the directory where you store the SWSE logical profile and open the lbconfig.txt file with a text editor.
  3. In Section One, add additional virtual server definitions. Save the file.
  4. Apply the SWSE logical profile to the Web server that hosts the SWSE.
  5. Open the SWSE configuration file, eapps.cfg with a text editor.

    Its default location is in SWSE_ROOT\BIN, where SWSE_ROOT is the installation directory for the SWSE.

  6. Change the virtual server name in the Application Object Manager connect strings, then save the file.
  7. Restart the Web server.
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