Example of how to configure a load balancer

This example describes the required setup of the F5 BIG-IP load balancer to work with PSM. Reference it when configuring your own load balancer.

To learn more, see Load balancing recommendations.

The example procedure was created using the BIG-IP (version 12.1.2 Build 0.0.249) web based GUI. This is often referred to as the TMUI - Traffic Management User Interface.

For our example, PSM is installed on Windows 2012 R2.


This procedure contains a list of BIG-IP LTM configuration objects as well as any custom settings you should configure in this deployment scenario. Unless otherwise specified, settings that are not mentioned in the procedure, configure them as applicable for your environment.

Health monitors

Use the following procedure to create health monitors:

Server pool (with pool members)

Before you create the server pool, do the following:

  • Decide on the IP addresses or FQDNs for the PSM servers that you want to include in your server pool.
  • If your system is using DHCP, make sure your DNS servers are not configured for round robin DNS resolutions; instead, they should be configured to return all available IP addresses in a resolution.

Verify that you have created the Health monitors.

TCP Profile

Virtual server

Before you create a virtual server, verify the following:

  • You created the pool to send traffic from this virtual server.

  • You created the TCP profile.