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Correct procedure for MS NLB on two SharePoint web front end servers

Posted By:      Posted Date: October 22, 2010    Points: 0   Category :SharePoint

Hi All, What is the correct procedure for deploying MicrosoftSoft  Network  Load Balancing on Windows Server 2008. There is no requirement for a hardware soultion and am only doing this to have availability in the event of one of the servers not being available. This will be a production environement in a smalll server farm setup with very light user usage. Setup consists Two web server, an application server (although there really isn't a need for one but their all virtual and customer is happy to allocate the resource) plus the SQL server.

I thought i would just enable NLB on the two web front servers and use these, then a colleague pointed out that having the web servers laod balancing themselves would only add to the load and he suggested adding another virtual server to act as the load balancer. This seems like a watse of a server just to ast as a load balancer.

 Is it okay in a production environment (with a very light user load) to run the load balancing on the two front end web servers or does this increase the load? i thought i knew the answer until i though about it?

Thanks in advance.  

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