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Microsoft Network Load Balancing - What is it?

What is the purpose of Windows 2k3 Network Load Balancing (NLB).
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speshalystCommented:
Q. What is Network Load Balancing?

A. Network Load Balancing is a clustering technology offered by Microsoft as part of all Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003 family operating systems. NLB uses a distributed algorithm to load balance network traffic across a number of hosts, helping to enhance the scalability and availability of mission critical, IP-based services, such as Web, Virtual Private Networking, Streaming Media, Terminal Services, Proxy, etc. It also provides high availability by detecting host failures and automatically redistributing traffic to operational hosts.



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http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/library/884c727d-6083-4265-ac1d-b5e66b68281a1033.mspx?mfr=true
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wwwallyCommented:
NLB is used to share load between servers.
When you look at an NLB from an user point is is seen as a single point of entry but in fact it is an array
of different servers that handle requests.

Here is some reading on NLB clusters.
http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver/en/library/884c727d-6083-4265-ac1d-b5e66b68281a1033.mspx?mfr=true

Good luck,
Walter
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