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What's the best way to load balance multiple protocols on one vserver?

Hi,

We have a CSM blade on a 6513, in bridge mode. I'm just wondering what is the best way to serve HTTP and HTTPS (or any two or more ports) from the same group of servers. As I see it, we have two options:

1. Don't set a port on the vserver, so it is load balancing "any" or "tcp". This is easy but I want to be sure there isn't a downside to this, other than the obvious security issue.

2. Create multiple vservers and point them at the same serverfarm. I tried this and I got some odd results with the health checks.

Any ideas? Thanks a lot.

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Re: What's the best way to load balance multiple protocols on on

you listed the only 2 options available.

The advantage of solution #2 is that you can apply specific config for each protocol ie: for HTTP you can turn 'persistent rebalance' if needed.

If you want to use specific probes [not icmp], it is also a good practice to create a different serverfarm for each protocol.

Like this, if the HTTP service goes down but not the server, you can still have other protocols loadbalanced.

Regards,

Gilles.

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