[sclug] Linux as a web-farm load-balancer

Stephen Johnson lohapuk at gmail.com
Tue Aug 5 12:46:36 UTC 2008


Give that a bash should work.

IF you need any help i sure i can help you out

On Tue, 2008-08-05 at 13:12 +0100, Alex Butcher wrote:
> On Tue, 5 Aug 2008, n.a.haughton at bigfoot.com wrote:
> > I want to set up a load balancer in front of a pair of WinXP webservers, to
> > test some software in a web farm environment. Cash is tight, so a Linux
> > solution sounds a good approach.  There are a couple of issues that I can
> > see might get in the way:
> >
> > 1. The WinXP webservers are in an Active Directory domain. Is this an issue?
> I can't think of any reason why it should be, providing that the AD domain
> controller can speak to the webservers directly and vice versa.
> > 2. What exactly do I have to do to set this up? I have the latest OpenSuse11
> > available, for example, but am prepared to try any distro that will quickly
> > and easily solve my problem.
> That depends on to what extent you need to keep track of which client is
> connecting to which real server. If all you're doing is serving static
> content, round-robin DNS would be sufficient (perhaps combined with a short
> TTL and some kind of availability test that can trigger removal of a failed
> machine from the DNS pool). If you need stateful tracking of web
> applications, I suspect you're out of luck without looking at things like
> F5's BIG-IP product range.
> > All help welcomed.
> > Regards,
> > Neil.
> HTH,
> Alex.
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