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Network Load Balancing 2003 Enterprise server

Roebuck1967
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Would like to know how to configure Network Load Balancing – My server has two network cards on separate VLAN’s.  I noticed a service called Network Load Balancing but not sure how to configure it.  

Your help is greatly appreciated.
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The NLB service provides some features that aid in increasing the availability of VPN connections for your VPN clients:

1. Fail over when one of the ISA firewall/VPN servers

2. Fail over allows other members of an ISA firewall/VPN server array to service connection requests from VPN clients when one of the servers becomes unavailable. All VPN servers in the array "listen" for VPN connections on the same IP address. When a VPN session is disconnected after a VPN array members goes offline, the connection is reestablished to another array member using the same IP address. The VPN user does not need to reconfigure the VPN client software to automatically reestablish the connection.

3. Load balancing for VPN connections

4. VPN sessions can be processor intensive. Data encryption and decryption can take a significant percentage of the processor cycles available to the ISA firewall/VPN server per unit time. The NLB service can automatically split connections across all array members so that no single member of the array receives a disproportion number of connection requests. NLB attempts to even spread the connection requests across all members of the NLB ISA firewall/VPN server array.


I'm not entirely sure you're thinking correctly what the Network Load Balancing is for, but here is a great tutorial for configuring it

http://www.isaserver.org/tutorials/Configuring_Fault_Tolerance_and_Load_Balancing_for_Windows_2003_ISA_FirewallVPN_Servers.html


James
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