From: Stout, Noelette <>
Date: Thu Feb 06 2003 - 14:11:02 EST
Thanks to all those who have responed, too numerous to name you all.  I
haven't reached a solution yet, but the general consensus seems to be that
it is most likely an application problem (either iPlanet Web Server or the
content management app).

I will continue to look at any replies that may be sent, as I am always
looking for a fresh perspective.

Again, thanks for all of your input.  You guys are great!

Noelette Stout
Unix System Administrator
IKON Office Solutions, Inc
tel. (678)728-0611
fax (678)547-2192


My original post follows:

My fellow admins,

I have been wrestling with a problem for over a year now. I have searched
the archives, found similiar questions asked, but no solutions/summaries
have been posted.  My apologies to those of you who may find this

My production web servers ar being load balanced by a pair of F5 Big-IP load
balancers. The F5's each poll each of the web servers every 10 seconds. Our
web servers ar E420R's running Solaris 8 last patched at the end of December
with the current cluster at that time.  Periodically (about every 2 weeks
give or take a few days), the tcp connections from the F5's will hang in a
CLOSE_WAIT state.  Once this happens, all of the connections from the F5's
will start to hang in CLOSE_WAIT. It is only a matter of minutes before port
80 becomes so flooded it is no longer responsive to incoming requests.

I have spoken with Sun/iPlanet support about this.  I had already done
everything which they recommended to do as far as tuning Solaris and
iPlanet; they had no further advice or help to offer.  Since I know some of
you will ask, the tcp_time_wait_interval (formerly tcp_close_wait_interval)
is set to 1500, which is the absolute lowest setting Sun recommends.

We have come to a complete standstill on this issue with all vendors
claiming that the problem is not on their end.  I will appreciate any and
all advice and suggestions on where to go from here.  It's becoming a bit
annoying to me that my Sun boxes have to be rebooted more often than the
Windows servers :-(

Thanks in advance for all your help!

Noelette Stout
Unix System Administrator
IKON Office Solutions, Inc
tel. (678)728-0611
fax (678)547-2192
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