Managing the Load Balancer from the customer control panel

Summary of the main features and Load Balancer ownership through the customer control panel

Objective

The goal of this guide is to assist you when you first operate your Load Balancer by introducing the solution’s main features.

Requirements

In practice

Managing your Load Balancer from the customer control panel

In order to manage your Load Balancer from the customer control panel, simply go to the Bare Metal Cloud section (1) then to the Load Balancer section (2) in the left-side menu. The service home page should appear:

Load Balancer

On this home page, you will find the following information:

Element Function
Status Summary of your Load Balancer with IP, front-ends, operational farms and added servers
Usage A summary of your LoadBalancer usage
Graphs Here you will find the graphs in relation to your service and based on simultaneous connections or the number of requests per minute
Details Your IPv4 and the fail-over IPs attached as well as the number of outbound IPv4 (details available by clicking on the ellipsis)
Configuration This is where you can customize the name of your service (which will appear at the top in the left column) The cipher(s), which are customizable, as well as the data centre where your Load Balancer is located
Subscription You will find below all the administrative details pertaining to your offer

To add a front-end or some server farms, simply click on their respective buttons. A context menu will then help you to configure each part of your service.

Managing your frontends

In order to add front-ends, all you need to do is go to the Frontends section and click on Add a front-end. You will then gain access to the following menu:

Add front-end

Details of a front-end component

Element Function
Name You can name your frontend if you wish; this can be very useful when you have several of them to identify them quickly
Protocol You can choose between HTTP, HTTPS, TCP, SSL TCP (or TLS) and UDP
Port Choose which listening port to use
Data centre You can choose between your data centre or all of them to create your front-end
Default farm If you have several configured farms, you can choose one by default for each front-end

You also have access to advanced settings:

Advanced settings

Element Function
Dedicated failover IP List of failover IPs for remote servers
Restricting access to some IPs List that allows restricting remote access to the Load Balancer, only in IPv4
HTTP redirection Adding an HTTP redirect URL
HTTP header Add an HTTP header here

Managing your server cluster

In order to add a server cluster, all you need to do is go to the Server clusters section and click on Add a server cluster. You will gain access to the same main features as for the frontend However, advanced options will be different:

Adding a farm

Element Function
Distribution mode Choice between Round-robin, First, Last, Source or URI for your IP balancing
Session tracking Session tracking can be done through Cookie or IP Source, to be determined here
Probe Probe choice and activation

Managing your servers

Once your server farm has been created, you need to add servers to it. Below are the details for advanced options:

Add a server Add a server Add a server

Element Function
Name You can name your server if you wish; this can be very useful when you have several of them to identify them quickly
IPv4 address Adding the IP of the service that will be used as a server
Port Server port
Backup server Making sure to specify that this is a backup server
Use the farm’s availability probe Choosing the probe that was approved during the creation of the farm
Encrypting requests with SSL Encrypting requests with an SSL certificate
Cookie Adding a customized session cookie
Certificate chain Adding a certificate chain
Load balancing weight Choosing the balancing weight for load distribution

Managing SSL Certificates

An SSL certificate can be added to the Load Balancer in the SSL Certificate section You will then have two possibilities: either ordering an SSL certificate through OVH or adding an external certificate.

OVH SSL certificate

To order an SSL certificate, simply go to the SSL Certificate section, then click on Order an SSL Certificate and let us guide you:

Ordering an SSL Certificate

Element Function
Types of certificate Free (Let's Encrypt), Comodo DV or Comodo EV (find details here: https://www.ovh.com/asia/web-hosting/shared-ssl.xml)
Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN) Affected domains

Adding an external SSL certificate

If you already have your own SSL certificate, you can add it directly:

Adding an SSL Certificate

Element Function
Name You can name your certificate if you wish; this can be very useful when you have several of them to identify them quickly
Private key Field where a private key can be added to the service
Certificate Certificate field
Chain Field where a root certificate can be added if necessary

Going further

Discuss with our user community at https://community.ovh.com .


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