Advertise Apps on Site Service Network


This guide provides instructions on how to advertise your apps on the vK8s site service network in F5® Distributed Cloud Services. To know more about vK8s, see vK8s.

A vK8s site service network is an F5 internal network that is used for communication between apps running on the F5 Distributed Cloud Services sites and not intended for advertising on a public network. Using the site service network, you can advertise apps on the Customer Edge (CE) sites or Regional Edge (RE) sites.

Using the instructions provided in this guide, you can update an HTTP or TCP load balancer advertising the services on the vK8s site service network of a given set of sites or virtual sites.


The following prerequisites apply:

  • A valid account is required. If you do not have an account, see Create an Account.

  • One or more sites in case you want to advertise on the CE sites. If you do not have a site, see Site Management documentation for instructions on deploying a site.

  • Apps deployed on F5 vK8s. If you do not have apps deployed on vK8s, see Create vK8s Object and vK8s Deployment.

Set Custom Advertisement for Load Balancer

The instructions in this guide cover advertising on the site service network for an HTTP load balancer. However, the same instructions also apply for a TCP load balancer.

Advertise policies can be viewed and managed in multiple services: Shared Configuration and Multi-Cloud App Connect.

This example shows Advertise Policies configuration in Multi-Cloud App Connect.

Step 1: Start editing load balancer.
  • From the F5® Distributed Cloud Console (Console) homepage, select Multi-Cloud App Connect.

Note: Homepage is role based, and your homepage may look different due to your role customization. Select All Services drop-down menu to discover all options.

Figure: Homepage
  • Confirm Namespace feature is in correct namespace. Not available in all services.

  • Select Manage > Load Balancers > HTTP Load Balancers.

Note: If options are not showing available, select Show link in Advanced nav options visible in bottom left corner. If needed, select Hide to minimize options from Advanced nav options mode.

  • Select Add HTTP Load Balancer for new configuration or select ... > Manage Configuration > Edit Configuration to edit existing HTTP Load balancer.
Figure: Load Balancers
Step 2: Configure advertisement.
  • In the Other Settings section, from the VIP Advertisement drop-down menu, select Custom option.

Note: Custom: Advertise this load balancer on specific sites. Internet, Internet (Specified VIP), and Do Not Advertise options also available in VIP Advertisement option.

  • Select Configure.
Figure: Custom Advertisement
  • Select Add Item.
Figure: Add Item
Advertise on F5 CE sites.
  • Toggle Show Advanced Fields option.

  • From the Select Where to Advertise drop-down menu, select Site, Virtual Site, or another option.

  • From the Site Network drop-down menu, select vK8s Service Network.

  • Select a site or virtual site from the Site Reference drop-down menu.

  • From the TCP Listen Port Choice drop-down menu, select an option.

  • Select Apply.

Figure: Advertise on vK8s Service Network for CE Sites
  • Select Apply to save Custom Advertise VIP Configuration.
Figure: Advertise on vK8s Service Network for CE Sites
Step 3: Complete updating load balancer configuration.

Select Save and Exit to complete updating the load balancer.


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