Add Both HTTP and SSL Pools to a Self Service Load Balancer

Updated by Jamie Parker on May 15, 2015
Article Code: kb/841


Lumen Cloud offers a self-service load balancer in the portal. Customers are welcome to configure and use this load balancer to distribute web traffic across multiple servers for redundancy. This article describes how to add server pools for both HTTP and SSL traffic to one load balancer VIP.


  • A Lumen Cloud Account

General Notes

  • It is not possible at this time to use ports other than 80 or 443 on the self-service load balancer VIP.
  • Since only ports 80 and 443 can be used on a self-service load balancer VIP, only two pools total can be created on the VIP.

How to Add Both HTTP and SSL Pools to a Self Service Load Balancer

  1. Log on to the Control Portal. To create a Self Service Load Balancer, use the left side navigation bar, click on Network > Load Balancer.

    Dropdown menu showing the Load Balancer option

  2. At the Load Balancer menu, select the Datacenter where you would like to have the Load Balancer built, and then select load balancer group button.

    Creating a load balancer group

  3. On the Base Settings page, type in a name and description for your Load Balancer, then click “Create.”

    Give name and description for the load balancer

  4. Once the Load Balancer has been created, you will be asked to add a pool of servers that will receive traffic from the Load Balancer. In that pool, select the VIP Port that you want (80 or 443), the balancing algorithm that you want (Round Robin or Least Connection), and the persistence that you want (Standard or Sticky). Enter the IP addresses and ports that you would like the load balancer to send traffic to, and then click save.

    Pool options for load balancer

  5. After the pool is saved, you will see a summary screen for the pool you just created. If you want to add a second pool to the same VIP, you can do so by selecting “Add Pool.”

    Summary screen with the load balancer VIP and one pool configured

  6. This will bring you back to the Pools screen, where you can enter your second VIP port, and again select the balancing algorithm, persistence, and IP addresses and ports that you want to second VIP port to serve. When you are done, click save.

    Options for the load balancer's second pool

  7. After both pools are saved, your load balancer will be able to send traffic to both ports 80 and 443.

    Summary screen for the load balancer with two pools configured