How to setup Amazon Classic ELB as the load balancer of CJOC?

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  • I want to setup an Amazon Classic Elastic Load Balancer (ELB) for CloudBees Jenkins Operations Center in High Availability


  • CloudBees Jenkins Operations Center or Client controller

  • Amazon Classic Elastic Load Balancer (ELB)

  • AWS


This setup will follow the Load Balancer configuration from the main HA document but will specific to the Amazon ELB.

This document will not cover the steps for the 'Amazon Application Load Balancer' as it is unsupported for the following reasons:
  • It cannot route TCP Traffic

  • It requires Multi-AZ

Verify your SSHD Listen Port (optional: read below)

SSHD routing is required if using the Git internal server of Jenkins to manage a "Pipeline global shared library". If you are using this feature, determine your SSHD port by:

  • Navigate to "Manage Jenkins / Configure System"

  • Ensure that the SSHD Port is set to a fixed value (e.g. 2222)


Create an Amazon Classic Elastic Load Balancer

  • Navigate to the AWS Admin Console / EC2"

  • Create a new Amazon Classic ELB load balancer

Step 1: Define Load Balancer

  • Load Balancer name: Name of the Amazon ELB load balancer (e.g. "ops-center")

  • Create LB Inside: VPC in which the load balancer will be created. Should be the VPC in which the Operations Center EC2 VMs are started

  • Listener Configuration

    • HTTP traffic

      • Load Balancer Protocol: HTTP

      • Load balancer port: 80

      • Instance Protocol: HTTP

      • Instance Port: 80 (a listen port on Operations Center instances that redirect to HTTPS). If HTTPS is not used, then enter the HTTP endpoint of Operations Center (e.g. 8888)

    • HTTPS (skip if HTTPS is not used)

      • Load Balancer Protocol: HTTPS (Secure HTTP)

      • Load balancer port: 443

      • Instance Protocol: HTTP

      • Instance Port: 8888 (HTTP endpoint of Operations Center)

    • SSHD / Git (skip if 'Pipeline global shared library' is not used)

      • Load Balancer Protocol: TCP

      • Load balancer port: 2222

      • Instance Protocol: TCP

      • Instance Port: 2222 (the "SSHD Port" defined on Operations Center)


Step 2: Assign Security Group

Choose a security group that allows access to the desired groups of users


Step 3: Configure Security Settings (optional: read below)

Needed if HTTPS / SSL is enabled. Note: It is required to use SSL certificates that are by default trusted by the JVM. Using a self signed certificate or a certificate generated by an enterprise Certificate Authority requires a better understanding of HTTPS / SSL and more configuration.


Step 4: Configure Health Check

  • Ping Protocol: HTTP

  • Ping Port: 8888 (the HTTP endpoint of Operations Center)

  • Ping Path: /ha/health-check

  • Response timeout: 5s

  • Interval: 30s

  • Unhealthy Threshold: 2

  • Healthy Threshold: 10 (this default value can be lowered to 4 in most use cases)


Step 5: Add EC2 Instances

Select the Operations Center instances.


Step 6: Add Tags

Add AWS tags if needed.

Step 7: Review

Review configuration and launch creation.