Load Balancer as a Service Quick Start

This quick start assumes you have a VM set up with SSH and a webserver running as per Running an NGinX webserver inside a Docker container.

First we will create a load balancer and use it to provide ssh access to a VM initially and then add another listener and pool to point to the webserver on the VM.

Create a Loadbalancer

In the Openstack web interface, expand Network and then click Load Balancers on the left hand side of the screen.


Click “Create Load Balancer”


On the “Load Balancer Details” screen enter a name for the load balancer and select the subnet for your projects private network. Leave the IP Address and Flavor fields blank. Then click “Next”


On the “Listener Details” screen select Protocol TCP and set Port 200. Enter the name as ssh. The other defaults are fine. Click “Next”


On the “Pool Details” screen enter the name as SSH and set the Algorithm and Session Persistence to “Source IP”. Click “Next”


On the “Pool Members” screen add the VM you want to point at and set the port to 22. Click “Next”


On the “Monitor Details” screen enter the name ssh and set the type to “TCP”. Click “Create Load Balancer”


You will then see the loadbalancer that you created in the list with the Provisioning Status of “Pending Create”


After a few minutes the Provisioning Status will be updated to “Active”


Now Click the arrow next to “Edit Load Balancer” and click “Associate Floating IP”


Select one of your floating IPs and then click “Associate”


You should now be able to ssh to your VM on port 200 of the IP you assigned to the load Balancer

ssh username@ -p 200

Viewing details

If you click on the Name of the load balancer you can view details of the listerners and pools

Unfortunately a number of the “Operating Status” fields always report “Offline” even when they are online

You can add another Listener to this load balancer by hitting “Create Listener” and following similar steps to the above :ref: create_octavia_listener

Try using these steps to load balance access to the nginx webserver created in the other tutorial.

Explanation of terms


Least connections - sends each connection to whichever pool member has the

Round Robin - sends connections to each backend node in return

Source IP - Sends connections to backend nodes based on the hash of the client’s IP

Session Persistence:

Source IP - Uses the hash of the client’s IP to maintain session persistence

HTTP Cookie - Session persistence based on http cookies

APP Cookie - Session persistence based on application cookies

Monitor Types:

HTTP - Checks for a configurable http response

HTTPS - Checks for a http 200. Requires that the certificate is trusted by the loadbalancer and we currently dont have a way to inject new CAs

PING - A simple ping test

TCP - A simple tcp handshake

TLS-HELLO - A tls handshake

UDP-CONNECT - Checks for an open udp socket.