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Hi,
I have just started to look at WCF for use in a new project I am working on. I have managed to build a simple WCF Service and host on my PC but now I want to address a couple of other issues.
Accessing from another computer
How do I make my service which will be hosted on WS 2003 available to other computers?
Can I scale the solution?
Rather than having 1 instance of the service running on a server can I have multiple instances running on many servers but with the client application addressing just a single address for eth service.
Is using a WCF Service best for this or can IIS 7.0 , WS 2008 offer a better solution  ?
I am looking or some detailed information that will enable me to take my simple WCF service and implement multiple load balanced instances of it but with the client application unaware of multiple instances.
Thanks in advance for nay help
Steve
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The only issue is to make sure you use DNS alias names for the namespace and URL because then standard TCP/IP strategies can be used to create a virtual IP for hardware and/or software load balancing.

Remember, the web service namespace doesn't have to match the URL the web service is located (a common mistake made by web developers)  In fact, that is why MS uses the default http://tempuri.org/ as a placeholder.

Also, if you avoid using web service references in your code and instead generate an proxy class using WSDL you can change the location of the URL of the web service for testing by hosting the web service in development, QA and production.

Otherwise, the URL is bound into the web project and it's easy to accidently create an application that is pointing to the wrong URL for consuming the web service.
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