HTTP Request Policy

HTTP request policies allow manipulation of HTTP requests. These requests may be modified before they are forwarded to the server, used as a basis for content switching, or discarded. The HTTP request policies may only be applied to a layer 7 virtual service configured with an HTTP profile. The table below lists the match criteria available under HTTP request, as well as the actions that can be configured to occur upon a match being made.


Match Client IP: Client IP address or a group of client addresses.

  • Use a "-" to specify a range:
  • Use a "/" to specify a netmask:
  • Use a pre-defined IP group, which can be based on geo-location.
Service Port: The ports the virtual service is listening on.
Protocol Type: HTTP or HTTPS.
HTTP Method: The method used by the client request. The match is true if any one of the methods that an administrator specifies is true.
HTTP Version: True if the client version is .9, 1.0, or 1.1
Path: The path or a group of paths. In accordance with RFC 3986, a path is empty or starts with a forward slash. For the beginswith and equals match operators in an HTTP request match policy, the match string needs to begin with a forward slash to result in a match.
the path is /marketing/index.html.
Query: A query or a group of queries. Do not add the leading ‘?’ or ‘&’ characters to a match.
Headers: True if a header exists, or if it exists and contains a specified value
Cookie: True if a cookie exists, or if it exists and contains a specified value
Host Header: The request’s host header.
Actions Logging: Selecting the logging checkbox causes Avi Vantage to log when an action has been invoked.
Redirect URL: Redirects a client to a different protocol, port, host, or path. By default the host, path, and query are not altered unless an administrator populates those fields. The path field does not require a leading “/” slash character. To create a simple HTTP to HTTPS redirect, simply set the protocol to HTTPS.
NOTE: The redirect action may not be stacked with other actions.
Modify Header: Allows adding, replacing, or removing of an HTTP header or cookie.
Rewrite URL: Similar to ProxyPass functionality, this action allows for the client’s requested URL to be rewritten into a URL that the server understands. For instance, the client should, while the server may be configured for The path field does not require a leading "/" slash character.
Content Switch: Forward matched requests to a pool, or a specific server with that pool. Alternatively, Avi Vantage can serve an HTTP response using HTTP status code 200 (success), 403 (unauthorized), 404 (file not found), or 429 (too many requests). A default page is sent for each of these status codes, or a custom html file may uploaded.