7.2. Configure a load-balancing proxy using the HTTP Connector

Read this section to configure a load balancing proxy that uses the JBoss HTTP Connector.

Task: Configure a Proxy Server Listener

Follow this task to configure the Apache HTTP Server service to act as a load-balancing proxy using the JBoss HTTP Connector.


  • An installed Web Server distribution, such as JBoss Enterprise Web Server or HPWS installed (designated by HTTPD_HOME in this documentation).
  • JBoss HTTP Connector modules. Refer to Chapter 6, Install proxy server components for details.
  1. Create a listen directive for the proxy server

    Edit the configuration file HTTPD_HOME/httpd/conf/JBoss_HTTP.conf and add the following:
    Where IP_ADDRESS is the IP address of a server network interface to communicate with the worker nodes, and PORT_NUMBER is the port on that interface to listen on.


    The port PORT_NUMBER must be open on the server firewall for incoming TCP connections.

    Example 7.1. Example Listen Directive

  2. Create Virtual Host

    Add the following <VirtualHost> block to HTTPD_HOME/httpd/conf/JBoss_HTTP.conf:
       <Location />
          Order deny,allow
          Deny from all
          Allow from PARTIAL_IP_ADDRESS
       KeepAliveTimeout 60
       MaxKeepAliveRequests 0
       ManagerBalancerName mycluster
       AdvertiseFrequency 5
    IP_ADDRESS and PORT_NUMBER match the values from the Listen directive.
    PARTIAL_IP_ADDRESS is the first 1 to 3 bytes of an IP address, to restrict access to a specific subnet - 10.33.144, for example.
  3. Configure SELinux to allow proxy traffic

    Enter the following commands as a root-equivalent user to modify the SELinux configuration to allow the proxy traffic:
    #semanage port -a -t http_port_t -p tcp 8079 #add port to the Apache port list to enable the next command to work
    #setsebool -P httpd_can_network_relay 1 #for mod_proxy to work
  4. Optional: Disable Server Advertisement

    The presence of the AdvertiseFrequency directive, which is set to five seconds here, causes the server to periodically send server advertisement messages via UDP multicast.
    These server advertisement messages contain the IP_ADDRESS and PORT_NUMBER specified in the VirtualHost definition. Worker nodes that are configured to respond to server advertisements use this information to register themselves with the proxy server.
    To disable server advertisement, add the following directive to the VirtualHost definition:
    ServerAdvertise Off
    If server advertisements are disabled, or UDP multicast is not available on the network between the proxy server and the worker nodes, you must configure worker nodes with a static list of proxy servers. Refer to Section 9.1, “Static proxy configuration” for directions.
  5. Restart the JBoss Enterprise Web Server Apache service

    Refer to HTTPD-specific documentation for detailed instructions.