Sun GlassFish Enterprise Server 2.1 High Availability Administration Guide

Configuring HTTP and HTTPS Failover

The load balancer plug-in fails over HTTP/HTTPS sessions to another application server instance if the original instance to which the session was connected becomes unavailable. This section describes how to configure the load balancer plug-in to enable HTTP/HTTPS routing and session failover.

HTTPS Routing

The load balancer plug-in routes all incoming HTTP or HTTPS requests to instances. However, if HTTPS routing is enabled, an HTTPS request will be forwarded by the load balancer plug-in to a server using an HTTPS port only. HTTPS routing is performed on both new and sticky requests.

If an HTTPS request is received and no session is in progress, then the load balancer plug-in selects an available instance with a configured HTTPS port, and forwards the request to that instance.

In an ongoing HTTP session, if a new HTTPS request for the same session is received, then the session and sticky information saved during the HTTP session is used to route the HTTPS request. The new HTTPS request is routed to the same server where the last HTTP request was served, but on the HTTPS port.

Configuring HTTPS Routing

The httpsrouting option of the create-http-lb-config command controls whether HTTPS routing is turned on or off for all the application servers that are participating in load balancing. If this option is set to false, all HTTP and HTTPS requests are forwarded as HTTP. If set to true, HTTPS are forwarded as HTTPS requests. Set HTTPS routing when creating a new load balancer configuration, or change it later using the asadmin set command.

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Known Issues

The Load Balancer has the following limitations with HTTP/HTTPS request processing.