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The WFEs for our OnPrem SharePoint farm sit behind an F5 load balancer. As a result, client requestor IPs are not captured in the IIS logs as everything appears to come from the F5.

One way to get around this is to use the X-Forwarded-For header to transfer the original client IP address through to the IIS server. Unfortunately, IIS 7 doesn't support collecting this header natively.

So can I use the X-Forwarded-For header with SharePoint, and if so, how?

What tools and/or IIS plug-ins should I use?

What configuration changes do I need to make to the load balancer, IIS and/or SharePoint?

I'm looking for SP2010 answers in particular, but post any 2007 tips you may have too.

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I've never tried this but the IIS team seem to have created a module to solve this issue.

Its not clear if it will work in conjunction with SharePoint but there it seems worth a try.

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Steve P is correct. The ARR Helper module that he linked to does the variable replace prior to the initialization of the SharePoint request. We have been using it on our SharePoint 2010 farm for several months and see the original requestor address in both the OOB SharePoint Analytics and the IIS Logs.

Application Request Routing 2.5 is supposed to include the same feature that the helper module added to v1 with additional configuration options but I have not tested it on my farm as the helper did all I needed it to.

-Robert Colbert

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From SharePoint Side : I just study the case and I concluded that it is not possible to take into account the header for use in the OOTB Usage Reports (and Web Analytics). We have to "modify" the Microsoft.SharePoint.dll to achieve this goal: a job for the SharePoint Team.

If you still want to exploit this header you have to develop your own HTTP Module combined with a custom usage provider to generate ".usage" files and import them in the logging database.

From IIS Side : Perhaps there is a possibility to alter the HttpRequest before the Http Module deployed by SharePoint (« Microsoft.SharePoint.ApplicationRuntime.SPRequestModule ») process it (not sure the request could be altered....)

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