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Our load balancers monitor the health of each connected server and route traffic to the healthy servers. Hostwinds provides multiple options for how you would like to achieve this, and this article will show you how to do so.
Load Balancer Management
Note: To make full use of this section, you must log in to the Hostwinds Client Area. To access your Cloud Control portal, you will need to click on the Cloud Control dropdown on the top of the Client portal dashboard menu and click the Cloud Portal link.
On the Cloud Control portal home page, click the Network dropdown link in the top menu of the dashboard. The load balancer link of the dropdown will be at the top. Click this link to move to the Load Balancers page.
From here, you will see all the manageable Load Balancers you have created displayed in a table showing this information:
In addition to the information, the Actions dropdown provides the ability to edit the settings of your load balancer by clicking on the View/Edit link or Recreate your server. Both of these we will cover below.
Editing a Load Balancer
Note: Once you have created a load balancer, you cannot change the name, IP address, location, and status of a load balancer. As for the rest of the information you provided earlier when setting up your load balancer is still editable. For your convenience, we will place the information here as well.
Also, note that for each editable segment below, you must click on the Edit button next to the section's name to do so. In addition, just as it was when you first created the firewall, the Advanced Options dropdown starts closed. You will need to click on the dropdown to expand it and work on your Health Monitor and Listener rules.
It would be best to choose the Protocols and Ports under these Traffic Rules now. The available options to choose from are:
Note that you can add multiple Rules to this load balancer by selecting the Add New Rule button.
You can add backend servers to the load balancer as well. The load balancer will send the traffic that comes through these. You can set the IP address and the server name for this server here and add multiple servers. You have the option of enabling or disabling this option using the radio button.
Health Monitor: By default, Hostwinds disables this option. Health monitors work the same way our Hostwinds Systems Monitoring work by testing to see if the backend servers are functioning correctly. The monitor ensures the load balancer only sends connections to an active or healthy backend server. Set up the rules by entering the data below:
Listener rules determine how the traffic distributes.