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Terminal Server Farm on Windows 2003 sp2 Standard Edition

I have 3 terminal servers, they are Windows Server 2003 sp2 Standard Edition.  
I want to make them a terminal server farm.  When I look how to do this, documentation says I need Enterprise Edition to have Network Load Balancing and Session Directory.
Does anyone know of a way to set this up without Enterprise Edition with NLB and Session Directory?  
I know it's possible because the admin before had it set up.
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One simple way to do this is in DNS with round robin. A record with different ip addresses in DNS which point to the servers. DNS distributes the server ip addresses to the clients.
Or use a NLB solution with an NLB appliance, no need for changing the servers or installing software on them.
The DNS Roudrobbin is what I use for now, but I will be doing NLB soon.  It works just fine.  

Tips:
- Keep the TTL time of your "A" records low, like 15 -30 minutes (View / Advanced option needed to see and adjust this)
- Make sure you have a shared Profile location.
- Make sure your TS servers are the same (options, apps, etc).
- set the options to logoff a Disconnected user in the TS Configuration tool.

Down side, if a user is Disconnected it is a crap shoot if they get reconnected back to their diconnected session (this is what the Session Directory handles).

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