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Ordering a Load Balancer

Log in to the Client Area

Hostwinds allows clients the ability to order a Load Balancer, starting at their web portal home page.

After logging in, click on the Cloud Control drop-down and select Cloud Portal.

You're now guided to the Cloud Control portal within your user account. To order Load Balancer, select the green Create Icon toward the top of the page.

From the drop-down menu, select Load Balancer.

It will now navigate you to a page to order your load balancer. To begin, enter a customer name for your Load Balancer. This is used to identify the Load Balancer from within your Cloud Portal.

Select the location you would like your Load Balancer to be creating in.

Choose the protocols and ports desired under Traffic Rules. The available options to choose from are HTTP, HTTPS, HTTPS w/ SSL, and TCP. Additionally, you can add multiple Rules by selecting Add New Rule within this section:
HTTP: This will route from HTTP, usually to the same HTTP. If used with HTTPS on the right side, it may cause errors to occur.
HTTPS: This will route from HTTPS to HTTPS. If HTTP is on the right side, errors may occur with the site as well.
HTTPS w/ SSL: You can use this to route from HTTPS to HTTP, as with this, an SSL Certificate is specified and used to encrypt and decrypt to the Load Balancer itself.
TCP: This is if you are not planning to use HTTP or HTTPS with the Load Balancer but plain TCP.

You can add backend Servers to the Load Balancer as well. This is where the Load Balancer will attempt to send the traffic that comes through. You have the option of enabling this or disabling this option.

Under Advanced Options in Health Monitor. By default, this is disabled. However, if enabled, you can use this to make sure the Load Balancer is only sending connections that come through to an Active or Healthy Backend Server.

Finally, setting Listener Rules will determine how traffic is distributed.

Round Robin: The Load Balancer will alternate between the Available Backend Servers (if using a Health Monitor will make sure the Server is Healthy).

Least Connections: The Load Balancer keeps track of how many connections it sends to each Backend Server. If this is used, it will attempt to send the Server with the least amount of Connections.

Source IP: This algorithm will generate a Hash from the IP address accessing the Load Balancer and distributing it to a server.

Once all of the appropriate fields have been completed, click Add Load Balancer Icon.

Written by Hostwinds  /  January 5, 2021

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