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Version: v2.0-v2.4

Amazon ALB Configuration

Important: RKE add-on install is only supported up to Rancher v2.0.8

Please use the Rancher Helm chart to install Kubernetes Rancher. For details, see the Kubernetes Install .

If you are currently using the RKE add-on install method, see Migrating from a Kubernetes Install with an RKE Add-on for details on how to start using the Helm chart.


Configuring an Amazon ALB is a multistage process. We've broken it down into multiple tasks so that it's easy to follow.

  1. Create Target Group

    Begin by creating one target group for the http protocol. You'll add your Linux nodes to this group.

  2. Register Targets

    Add your Linux nodes to the target group.

  3. Create Your ALB

    Use Amazon's Wizard to create an Application Load Balancer. As part of this process, you'll add the target groups you created in 1. Create Target Groups.

Create Target Group

Your first ALB configuration step is to create one target group for HTTP.

Log into the Amazon AWS Console to get started.

The document below will guide you through this process. Use the data in the tables below to complete the procedure.

Amazon Documentation: Create a Target Group

Target Group (HTTP)

Target Group Namerancher-http-80
Target typeinstance
VPCChoose your VPC
(Health Check)
(Health Check)

Register Targets

Next, add your Linux nodes to your target group.

Amazon Documentation: Register Targets with Your Target Group

Create Your ALB

Use Amazon's Wizard to create an Application Load Balancer. As part of this process, you'll add the target group you created in Create Target Group.

  1. From your web browser, navigate to the Amazon EC2 Console.

  2. From the navigation pane, choose LOAD BALANCING > Load Balancers.

  3. Click Create Load Balancer.

  4. Choose Application Load Balancer.

  5. Complete the Step 1: Configure Load Balancer form.

    • Basic Configuration

      • Name: rancher-http
      • Scheme: internet-facing
      • IP address type: ipv4
    • Listeners

      Add the Load Balancer Protocols and Load Balancer Ports below.

      • HTTP: 80
      • HTTPS: 443
    • Availability Zones

      • Select Your VPC and Availability Zones.
  6. Complete the Step 2: Configure Security Settings form.

    Configure the certificate you want to use for SSL termination.

  7. Complete the Step 3: Configure Security Groups form.

  8. Complete the Step 4: Configure Routing form.

    • From the Target Group drop-down, choose Existing target group.

    • Add target group rancher-http-80.

  9. Complete Step 5: Register Targets. Since you registered your targets earlier, all you have to do it click Next: Review.

  10. Complete Step 6: Review. Look over the load balancer details and click Create when you're satisfied.

  11. After AWS creates the ALB, click Close.