Communications fail between Azure Load Balancer and SLE instance

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for Azure


Communications fail to Public Cloud instance through the Azure Load Balancer.


Disable net.ipv4.tcp_timestamps setting.

In-memory change:

hostname:~ # echo 0 > /proc/sys/net/ipv4/tcp_timestamps

Persistent change:

  1. Create a tcp_timestamps.conf drop-in configuration file.

    hostname:~ # echo "net.ipv4.tcp_timestamps = 0" > /etc/sysctl.d/tcp_timestamps.conf

  2. Load new sysctl parameter from configuration file.

    hostname:~ # sysctl -p /etc/sysctl.d/tcp_timestamps.conf

CAUTION: Certain application workloads and HPC features require tcp_timestamps.  When in doubt, consult the manual or other technical resources to be sure disabling this setting will not negatively impact the running application(s).  If the application requires this parameter, use of the Azure Load Balancer is not recommended.


With TCP Timestamps enabled, health probe packets sent through the Azure Load Balancer may be dropped by the guest OS, causing the load balancer to report the endpoint as down.

Full explanation can be found at the bottom of the "Design guidance" section here:

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  • Document ID:7024034
  • Creation Date: 25-Jul-2019
  • Modified Date:03-Mar-2020
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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