The content switching virtual server redirects all requests to a load balancing virtual server. You must create one load balancing virtual server for each version of the content that is being switched. This is true even when your setup has only one server for each version of the content, and you are therefore not doing any load balancing with those servers. You can also configure actual load balancing with multiple load-balanced servers that mirror each version of the content. In either scenario, the content switching virtual server needs to have a specific load balancing virtual server assigned to each version of the content that is being switched.
The load balancing virtual server then forwards the request to a service. If it has only one service bound to it, it selects that service. If it has multiple services bound to it, it uses its configured load balancing method to select a service for the request, and forwards that request to the service that it selected.
To configure a basic load balancing setup, you need to perform the following tasks:
- Create load balancing virtual servers
- Create services
- Bind services to the load balancing virtual server
For more information on load balancing, see "Load Balancing." For detailed instructions on setting up a basic load balancing configuration, see "Setting Up Basic Load Balancing."