Change AWS load balancer target group

AWS Elastic Load Balancing (ELB) offers the ability to load balance traffic across AWS and on-premises resources using the same load balancer. Using a runbook, Octopus makes it easy to provide an automated method for modifying an AWS Elastic load balancer. This is particularly useful if you are deploying using the blue-green deployment pattern, as you can change the load balancer automatically to direct traffic to a different set of servers when you switch to your new active environment.

In this example, weโ€™ll swap out servers that are being used in an AWS Elastic load-balancer by modifying the configured listener to forward traffic to a new target group.

Create the runbook

This example assumes that you already have an ELB configured with a listener, and at least one target group. These resources will be needed for the runbook.

  1. To create a runbook, navigate to Project โžœ Operations โžœ Runbooks โžœ Add Runbook.
  2. Give the runbook a name and click SAVE.
  4. Add a Run an AWS CLI script step, and give the step a name.
  5. Choose the Execution Location on which to run this step.
  6. Choose whether to use the bundled AWS Tools, or the ones pre-installed on the worker.
  7. Choose the AWS Account to use.
  8. In the Amazon Web Services Account section select the variable that references the AWS Account or choose to execute using a service role assigned to the EC2 instance. If you donโ€™t have an AWS Account Variable yet, check our documentation on how to create one.

AWS Account

The supplied account can optionally be used to assume a different AWS service role. This can be used to run the AWS commands with a role that limits the services that can be affected.

AWS Role

If you select Yes to Execute using the AWS service role for an EC2 instance, you do not need an AWS account or account variable. Instead the AWS service role for the EC2 instance executing the deployment will be used. See the AWS documentation for more information on service roles.

  1. In the Inline source code section, add the following code as a PowerShell script:
$listenerArn = $OctopusParameters["Project.AWS.ALB.ListenerArn"]
$targetGroup = $OctopusParameters["Project.AWS.ALB.TargetArn"]

Write-Host "Modifying AWS ELB listener: $listenerArn to forward to targetGroup: $targetGroup"

aws elbv2 modify-listener --listener-arn $listenerArn --default-actions Type=forward,TargetGroupArn=$targetGroup

The script will modify the ELB listener specified in the Project.AWS.ALB.ListenerArn variable to forward traffic to the target group specified in the Project.AWS.ALB.TargetArn variable.

Configure any other settings for the step and click Save, and in just a few steps, weโ€™ve created a runbook to automate the modification of an AWS Elastic load balancer to change its target group.


We have a Pattern - Blue-Green Space on our Samples instance of Octopus. You can sign in as Guest to take a look at this runbook example named Change Production Group in the Random Quotes Java project.

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Page updated on Sunday, January 1, 2023