How To Redirect HTTP Traffic to HTTPS On A BIG-IP F5 Load Balancer

(Doc ID 889308.1)

Last updated on AUGUST 08, 2016

Applies to:

Oracle Applications Technology Stack - Version 11.5.10.0 to 12.1.1 [Release 11.5 to 12.1]
Information in this document applies to any platform.

Goal

How do you redirect HTTP traffic to HTTPS traffic when running a BigIp F5 Load Balancer?

Lets use a case history for better understanding.

You currently have a multi node middle tier setup configured with a F5 load balancer. Your application is currently running on port 8000. Your current login url: is http://bigipvirtualserver.yourdomain.com:8000

You have now decided to implement SSL acceleration/termination so that SSL requests are offloaded to the BigIp. This means you need to configure your BigIp virtual server to listen on a SSL port such as 443.
This in effect means your login url or entry point will become:
https://bigipvirtualserver.yourdomain.com:443

You may decide that you want to preserve the original URL http://bigipvirtualserver.yourdomain.com:8000
as users are used to this url and may have it bookmarked.

As such, you want to redirect traffic from the original URL to the new URL so the change to end users is transparent.

There may be other reasons why you want to achieve this. Read below for how it's achieved

Solution

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