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building windows server 2003 enterprise edition, want to cluster and load balance to make a production web server

Hello,

i have 2 copies of windows 2003 enterprise edition, i want to make a clustered, load balanced webservers, Does anyone have any good step by step doco on how to cluster and load balance after i have finished building the 2 servers?

thanks,
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acetate
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mkbeanCommented:
Hi acetate,

What type of device will you be using in your cluster?  Here is a how to on the load balancing portion.

How To Set Up TCP/IP for Network Load Balancing in Windows Server 2003
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;323431


Brian
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acetateAuthor Commented:
i will be load balancing the 2 servers as web servers. 2 intel entry level server boads, single cpu p4. then iss6 load balanced and clustered, is that all the info you need?

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mkbeanCommented:
Yes that does help, I have included some additional links for you to review straight from the dog's mouth.

Choosing a Cluster Technology for IIS 6.0 (IIS 6.0)
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/WindowsServer2003/Library/IIS/70db50cf-5eb6-4c2e-b60b-f0b8f3fdb915.mspx

Designing Network Load Balancing
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/windowsserver2003/library/DepKit/4d24fdac-edf3-4ac5-937a-273867f46fcf.mspx

BTW:  Normally it is not recommended to cluster IIS but to instead NLB it.

Good luck and let us know if there is anything else you need help with.


Brian

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acetateAuthor Commented:
hello,

so i would cluster the servers together and then Network load balance IIS?

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oBdACommented:
That's a definite "no".
You can have either Network Load Balancing or a Server Cluster (yes, that's an exclusive "or").
For web servers, you're probably better of using NLB. It's already available in the Server 2003 Web Edition, which comes quite a bit cheaper than Enterprise, and it doesn't have the same high requirements to the hardware that a server cluster has.
For a server cluster to run reliably, you can't just pick any two systems and some SAN; the complete system has to be cluster certified. Otherwise you're likely to spend more time and effort troubleshooting the cluster than the it saves in uptime and reliability.
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mkbeanCommented:
Server 2003 Web Edition like all flavors or 2003 can be enabled for NLB however it has some limitations on the hardware sides.  You also have to get a box certified just for it to work.  Since you already have EE you mine as well stick with that.  

Brian
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