Workflow overview

Get to know the stages of setting up your property.

Recommended reading: Get to know the request flow. See how the ​Akamai​ content delivery network fits in when an end user requests your content.


Prefer an API?

Check out similar workflows using the Property Manager API (PAPI).

  1. Prepare certificates for secure transfer. Plan how to secure the connection between a client and​ the edge server. You may need to manually generate a certificate and wait for it to fully provision before you can continue.

  2. Prepare your origin server. Collect key information about your origin and decide how you want ​​​Akamai​ to interact with it.

  3. Create or clone a property.

  4. Edit your property. Use the Property Manager Editor to:

    a. Set up hostnames. Set up the connection between requesting clients and ​Akamai​ edge servers in our CDN.

    b. Add your origin server to your property. Use the Origin Server behavior to determine how edge servers interact with your origin server. Edge servers need to be in constant contact with your origin to get the most recent version of your content for delivery.

    c. Determine how ​Akamai​ should deliver your content. First, get an understanding of how rules are applied in a property configuration. Then, you can configure various rules and behaviors to manage delivery of your content. Optionally, you can use includes.


Some rules and behaviors are added by default

This workflow is generic because several products use Property Manager for configuration. When you create a new property for a specific product, various rules and behaviors are included by default to help optimize delivery. Check out ​Akamai​ Techdocs or talk to your account team about documentation specific to your product.

  1. Review your property. Go over it from both a high-level and a detailed view, and modify settings as needed.

  2. Edit your origin DNS for your origin server hostname. You edit the DNS before testing and outside of Property Manager. Modify your origin DNS entry to include the origin server hostnames as set in your property. You don't need to do this if your origin is an ​Akamai​ resource such as NetStorage.

  3. Activate on staging. Deploy your property version on the servers in the ​Akamai​ Edge Staging Network (ESN) so that you can test the configuration.

  4. Test on staging. Set up and run tests against the staging configuration. Once you confirm that your configuration works fine, you can perform regression and load testing, if needed, outside of Property Manager.

  5. Activate on production. Deploy your configuration version to the ​Akamai​ Production network to prepare to go live.

  6. Edit origin DNS for edge hostname and go live. Complete the CNAME change to your origin DNS and take your configuration live on the ​Akamai​ platform. Modify your origin DNS settings outside of Property Manager to include the edge hostnames as set in your property configuration.



If you need to back out of production, the first thing to do is to remove the DNS CNAME record for the edge hostname from your DNS.