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Windows 2000 server and network load balancing

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How do I install network load balancing service to the windows 2000 server and is it even possible? In AS and datacenter the load balancing feature will intalled automatically or so but when I'm trying to install it to 2000 server I can't even found the service from installing CD.
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Sorry to disappoint you, but NLB is not available in Windows 2000 Server:
"System Requirements
The following are Network Load Balancing requirements:
* Windows 2000 Advanced Server
..."

See:
Windows Server 2000 Resource Kit: Chapter 19 - Network Load Balancing
http://www.microsoft.com/resources/documentation/windows/2000/server/reskit/en-us/distsys/part3/dsgch19.mspx
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Or you can use the poor-man's NLB... where you merely add records to your DNS server to resolve a single PC name to multiple IP addreses.  The DNS server can "rotate" the answer it provides to clients so that the clients end up getting different servers.  It's called DNS round-robin.

It obvioiusly only works in those situtations were you don't care which server you get... they be all identical, and mimimal (if any) "session state" is required between connections (like a web server farm).
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