Outbound Load Balancing poll



  • Please vote. And if you voted "Yes, works fine", please post and explain your setup!  ;D We're investigating potential problems with the sticky option and are looking to gather information.

    Edit: If you vote you turned it off due to problems, please also explain what problems you were seeing. Thanks!



  • If using load balance with-out another service. It's WORK!



  • Sticky connections seems to get stock from time to time. When you idle on a page for some time it stop to respond.

    default install with 2 dhcp wan
    add a load balancing pool
    change the gateway on the default lan rule to loadbalanced.

    That's how i remember it….



  • That sounds almost exactly like the issue we're seeing.



  • I want to use the feature but I just active connection failures, web pages that do not respond, pc that not navigate and waiting time for the vision of the first page long.
    At this stage I can not use the function in an optimal way



  • The main reason we had to stop using it was that the 'monitor IP' was just constantly marking our second WAN connection as down every couple of minutes and causing a constant failover before almost instantly failover again due to recovery.
    It cause a lot of havoc with our users.
    It was most likely caused by the Comcast Network (latency, network, etc), but it made it impossible to use the feature.
    Some of the other products we reviewed had fields to set the Timeout, Check Interval, Health and Recovery Retries that allowed to fine tune the feature based upon various factors.
    If something like this could be added or exposed that would most likely solve the issue with items such as latency, etc.

    Thanks

    BH



  • I voted for works fine, but I think I may have misunderstood the poll… I use 2 load balancer failover pools with policy based routing and the setup being discussed seems to be load balancer pools that use the behaviour load balancing. So ooops, sorry.



  • i have just installed pfSense 1.2 special for load-balancing and fail-over and seems to me that it is working fine so far. i mention that i have tested my balancer rules several times by unplugging cable from WAN or OPT1 interface and in max. 30 sec. it switched on active route. i have a fiber and an wireless connections with static ips. i followed tutorial from ftp://ftp12.freebsd.org/pub/pfSense/tutorials/outgoing_loadbalancing/outgoing_loadbalancing.pdf. hopes that helps. see u! long live pfSense  :P



  • Works fine without the sticky connections, with 8 WAN connections shared between 45 users.
    For the HTTPS protocol and sites with IP verification, I force one connection out of the 8 in the firewall rules.



  • Works fine for us. pfSense 1.2 with 2 WANs (ADSL)/1LAN.
    Using sticky connections because of the VoIP devices.

    The only issue we had was with the failover/failback and dead states, hopefully in 1.3 this will be fixed and there will be no need of "dirty" workaround:
    http://forum.pfsense.org/index.php/topic,7808.0.html

    But I suppose it's not relevant to the issue here.

    pfSense is really great, thanks for having it :)



  • @ilko:

    The only issue we had was with the failover/failback and dead states, hopefully in 1.3 this will be fixed and there will be no need of "dirty" workaround:
    http://forum.pfsense.org/index.php/topic,7808.0.html

    We are investigating options to kill active states on failed links currently. If it's doable we'll add that feature.



  • I currently use pfSense on a dual circuit customer with static IPs. One is a frac T1 and the other is a Cable circuit. I have load balancing setup and also a rule forcing specific traffic out the cable line. Haven't seen anything with the load balancer marking the secondary line down, but to be safe, I added an addition monitor server to be sure.



  • Just for clarification: Loadbalancing itself is working just fine. It's only the "sticky" option from system>advanced that seems to cause issues for some installs. We are trying to gather some information on how many people are using it successfully and how many people are encountering issues with it. And we need some information on the setups of course to further troubleshoot it.



  • we use outbound loadbalancing and failover for 4 wan.

    all works fine! (no sticky, no squid, no sip).

    very easy setup and documents enough with forum for setup.



  • we've just set up dual WAN on 1.2 final:
    with sticky connections on, only one link would work, and half the attempted connections would time out (or so it seems)
    turned off sticky connections and all is fine.
    Cheers,
    Craig



  • @ilko:

    Works fine for us. pfSense 1.2 with 2 WANs (ADSL)/1LAN.
    Using sticky connections because of the VoIP devices.

    Appoligies, just rechecked the settings, I confused sticky connections with the static-port option in Outbound NAT, which was used for the VoIP.

    Sticky connections I had to turn off, can't remember the exact issue, but something like no web access when was used.
    Can't recreate the problem at the moment as we are currently on one connection only.
    Sorry for misleading.

    @hoba:

    We are investigating options to kill active states on failed links currently. If it's doable we'll add that feature.

    Thanks for taking it into account.

    Regards,
    ilko



  • I voted never use it. I have 2 WANS. One is ADSL2+ the other is 10MB Symmetrical link, both with static IP's

    Reasons
    1. I'm fairly new to PFSense
    2. Was concerned with the issues other have seen

    I would like to use it, but when I can be more confident in it.

    Keep up the great work guys, and thanks for the poll.



  • Hi:

    I was using load-balancing with sticky-connections. I need to change to high-availibility due to intermitent connection drops.

    No further investigation due to production environment, but if you need some information, i can activate and debug some information.

    I was using it in 1.1 with specific rules for https and ip checking sites. Update to 1.2 (pfsense full update 1.2) for the sticky-connections option.

    Thanks for your work…

    Best regards,

    Olaf



  • WAN1 ppoe dsl
    WAN2 static cable internet

    Loadbalancer works fine, no sticky stuff !



  • We are again on multiWan. I could play with sticky connections option, but what information would be helpful for you to troubleshoot the issue?



  • I'm setup with multiwan and Sticky connections has disappeared from the page. It has the Load Balancing header and a submit button and nothing in between! I'm on 1.2RC3 I believe



  • @Yvan:

    I'm setup with multiwan and Sticky connections has disappeared from the page. It has the Load Balancing header and a submit button and nothing in between! I'm on 1.2RC3 I believe

    Same here, running 1.2-RELEASE (built on Sun Feb 24 17:04:58 EST 2008)



  • @Yvan:

    I'm setup with multiwan and Sticky connections has disappeared from the page. It has the Load Balancing header and a submit button and nothing in between! I'm on 1.2RC3 I believe

    If your WAN connection is a PPPoE connection, the setting is not displayed and always disabled. Not sure why (I'm just going from the source code).


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