You can define a single virtual server protocol and port for your load balancer or you can add additional virtual servers to customize additional NSX load balancer options.

About this task

For example, you can customize the load balancer component to define settings such as health check protocol and port, algorithm, persistence, and transparency.

Procedure

  1. Click the General tab on the New Virtual Server page.
  2. Select the network traffic protocol in the Protocol drop-down menu to use for load balancing the virtual server.

    The protocol options are HTTP, HTTPS, TCP, and UDP.

  3. Enter a port value in the Port text box.

    The selected protocol determines the default port setting.

    Protocol

    Default port

    HTTP

    80

    HTTPS

    443

    TCP

    8080

    UDP

    no default

    The HTTP, HTTPS, and TCP protocols can share a port with UDP. For example, if service 1 uses TCP, HTTP, or HTTPS on port 80, service 2 can use UDP on port 80. If service 1 uses UDP on port 80 though, service 2 cannot use UDP on port 80.

  4. (Optional) : Enter a description for the virtual server component.
  5. Select one of the Settings options.
    • Use default value for all other settings

      Accept all other default settings. Click OK to finish the load balancer component definition and continue working in the blueprint.

      You can display the defaults by clicking Customize and examining the additional tab options. If the default settings are acceptable, click Use default value for all other settings on the General tab.

    • Customize

      Configure the load balancer component with additional settings, for example to define a different protocol for health monitoring or a different port for monitoring member traffic.

      Additional tabs appear that allow you to add customized settings.

    If you selected Use default value for all other settings and clicked OK you are done and can continue to define or edit your blueprint in the design canvas. If you selected Customize, continue to the step.

  6. Click the Distribution tab and proceed to the Define Virtual Server Distribution Settings topic to continue defining the virtual server in the NSX load balancer component.