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From Filip Hanik - Dev Lists <>
Subject Re: Tomcat 5.5 load balancing URL redirefction not transparent to client
Date Thu, 13 Jul 2006 15:35:32 GMT
redirection, as the name tells you, doesn't balance, it redirects, and 
there is nothing transparent about a redirection.
what you are looking for is called proxying, and the best example for 
that, would be mod_proxy in the Apache httpd web server.


Madhur K Tanwani wrote:
> Hi,
> I'm separating this question from my earlier thread on load balancing 
> rules - it
> seems that it was over-looked there since it did not fit in there :(.
> My question is that when I use the default balancer webapp from Tomcat 
> 5.5 the
> redirection rules redirect me to either jakarta, cnn or yahoo's site. 
> However,
> the redirection is not transparent to the user.
> for example,
> Client Types : http://servername:8080/balancer/
> Balancer Redirects To:
> *The browser URL changes to  :*
> I think this change of URL does not make the transition transparent. 
> Also, the
> subsequent requests bypass the load balancer(LB) and are directly 
> served by the
> server (so what happens if the server is down - the LB has support for 
> fail over
> but the request never went via the LB)
> Please could someone throw some light on the same?
> Awaiting responses,

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