When using SSL Offload, but with end-to-end encryption (so it is not really offload at all), do I need to install the SSL cert on both the load balancer and my server(s) at the same time?

The quick answer is that some sort of SSL certificate must be installed on your server(s) if you are not going to perform SSL Offload and want to maintain end-to-end encryption.  But this doesn’t have to be the same SSL cert you install in the load balancer if you don’t want. It can be, and […]

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Can you load balance FTP servers?

Yes, the Total Uptime cloud load balancer can distribute traffic to traditional FTP servers. The Basic Configuration Steps To properly configure FTP for the highest possible throughput, there are only a few steps you need to follow. Configure your server to allow all TCP traffic from our load balancer IP addresses. You can find a […]

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Temporarily bypassing DNS by modifying the Windows hosts file

If you have a Windows machine, temporarily adding a line to the hosts file is the easiest way to test a DNS change before actually making it live. This article outlines the steps you can perform to test. The location of the Hosts file can usually be found in %systemroot%\system32\drivers\etc\ where %systemroot% is usually C:\windows, […]

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Reliably Monitoring Exchange Server for DNS Failover or Load Balancing

On occasion we receive a request seeking assistance creating monitors to determine the availability of Microsoft Exchange, such as Internet-facing ActiveSync or OWA. After helping many customers, we have determined what works well, and what doesn’t work at all. Here are our tried and true suggestions for reliably monitoring your Exchange environment Exchange 2010 Exchange […]

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Getting the original client IP with X-Forwarded-For in your code

If you’re like many of our clients, you not only want to retrieve the original client IP for your web server logs, but you want to use them in code as well… for example, to track invalid login attempts, or record the IP in a database for online payments etc. (NOTE: If you need the […]

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A comprehensive guide to using server weights in the load balancer

The server “weight” select menu shown at the far right of your server or device within a Server Group allows you to adjust how traffic is distributed by the load balancer when you have two or more devices in a configuration. In essence, the higher the number, the heavier the weight, and the more traffic […]

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Where do I get an IP address so I can publish my ALF Pack?

You can obtain IPv4 and IPv6 addresses by going to the ACCOUNT section in the upper-right corner of the portal, and then selecting the IP ADDRESSES tab. From there you can choose one or more available IP addresses to add to your account for use when publishing an ALF Pack (configuration). IP Addresses are available […]

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