Getting started with Elastic Load Balancing

There are several ways to get started with the Elastic Load Balancing. You can set up an Application Load Balancer, Network Load Balancer, or Gateway Load Balancer with APIs, AWS Command Line Interfaces (CLI), or through the AWS Management Console.

When you use Elastic Load Balancing with Auto Scaling, you can build highly available, fault-tolerant applications which automatically scale capacity up or down based on fluctuations in demand.

Follow the Getting Started with AWS Management Console steps below or read more resources below to get started now.

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Getting started with the AWS Management Console

Let's get started by creating a load balancer with the Elastic Load Balancing wizard in the AWS Management Console, a point-and-click web-based interface.

  1. Create an account and sign into the console
  2. Create a load balancer by selecting Application Load Balancer or Network Load Balancer
  3. Specify a unique name and a network
  4. Create listeners for your load balancer (HTTP or HTTPS for Application Load Balancer and TCP or UDP for Network Load Balancer)
  5. Configure health checks for your load balancer
  6. Do one of the following:
  • Manually register EC2 instances to your Target Group and register the Target Group with your load balancer
  • Associate your load balancer with an Auto Scaling group that is registered to a Target Group



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