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Loadbalancing FTP servers

Hello all,

I've been given the task of setting up new rules for load balancing FTP servers. These servers will be available internally as well as externally to our network. We do a great deal of business critical FTP transfers among our customers. So the plan is to place multiple (at least two for now) FTP servers with a backend shared storage resource. I've configured a simple L3 rule to do this:

content FTP_DMZ

protocol tcp

add service FTP_DMZ

advanced-balance sticky-srcip

vip address

port 21


But the FTP session does not reach the server. I can FTP to the real address of the server through the LB (a 11501 running I cannot to the VIP.

Any help? I have tried the APP FTP-CONTROL, but that does not change the situation.

Thanks in advance for any input.



Re: Loadbalancing FTP servers

You are missing two things

1. you need to define a group

2. application ftp-control command under content rule.

More details at


Syed Iftekhar Ahmed

New Member

Re: Loadbalancing FTP servers


I am not new to Loadbalancers. I do have my services and group defined. And as I stated, I have tried the APP FTP-CONTROL and it had no affect. Along with enabling APPLICATION globally.

Thanks for the reply.


New Member

Re: Loadbalancing FTP servers

Are you doing Passive transfers? The reason I ask is that I have a TAC case open for a similar problem. As far as I understand the CSS is supposed to intercept/rewrite the data returned to the client in response to the passive command. In my situation, tcpdumps show the real IP of the server coming back to the client which isn't accessible directly. I still don't have a solution from Cisco Tac. If they fix my issue, I'll post here.


New Member

Re: Loadbalancing FTP servers


Thanks, yes they are passive mode. Anything you find out will be appreciated.


Cisco Employee

Re: Loadbalancing FTP servers

Bob & Jim,

I ran across this Technote and thought it could be of some assistance

- Chris