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I am having problems configuring ELB for my servers.

I start 2 micro instances with the exact same conf and try to do Load Balancing. However they never pass the health check (HTTP port 80 path:"/").

  • Ping is ok on the website. So is telnet on 80.

How did the health check works? Am I doing anything really wrong?


  • Both Direct browser access and GET (via curl) works correctly (status 200)
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I have the same problem. I just have it checking TCP:80 as an interim solution (which works fine). – samuelkf Nov 24 '11 at 17:05
It worked! Thanks! But I still dont know how the health check works .. :( Can you write an answer so I can check it as accepted? – diegodias Nov 24 '11 at 17:25
Are you using Django? Are you redirect HTTP to HTTPS? I summarized my experience how to solve AWS ELB health check with HTTP to my blog:… – Wonil Mar 29 '14 at 14:19
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I have the same problem. I just have it checking TCP:80 as an interim solution (which works fine).

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I've come to the conclusion that the response, apart from being a HTTP 200 response, must contain certain headers. I've had a HTTP 200 returned from my tomcat server running on the instance not work, but a static html page served by httpd (also returning a 200 code) work fine. Looking at the headers, one of the few differences was that the tomcat one didn't contain the content-type. Not sure why that would make a difference, though.

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I assume it performs an HTTP GET request to the specified path "/", of each of the servers and looks for a successful HTTP response code (200). Can you successfully make a GET request to http://<backend_server_IP>:80/ via a browser (or CLI tool such as wget or curl).

If the request is served successfully, the second thing to ask is: have you configured your servers' security group so that access to port 80 is limited to a particular source address or subnet? If so, you need to add ELB's security group to the filter. The group is always called:


So you can just add this under the 'Source' field in the Security Groups section of the AWS Console.

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The port 80 is open to the world ( Both direct browser access and curl works correctly (200) – diegodias Nov 24 '11 at 13:34
Are the webservers bound only to the public IP/domain? I assume ELB uses the internal (private) IPs so that no external bandwidth is used. Can you successfully make a request from one of your Amazon instances to http://<private_IP>:80/ If so then I'm out of ideas! – James Little Nov 24 '11 at 14:22
It was not accessible working with the internal IP. I changed it, its now working, but the health check still not passing. – diegodias Nov 24 '11 at 16:32

You must be using a specific domain name on your web server. Or you set up your web server to meet any request (binding *) or follow the documentation.

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so i've just got the http check to work by pointing it at a static html file (as opposed to a php page).

'/' does not work despite it returning a valid http status when using curl, etc. '/file.html' does however pass the health check.

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