Running IIS to make one virtual server

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We have four Windows Servers 2003. Running IIS, can we make them all into one virtual server accessible by one ip address?

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IIS doesn’t do load balancing. You’ll need a load balancer to handle the directing of traffic to all the servers. Windows includes one (I think it is only in the Enterprise Edition) called the Network Load Balancer (NLB). Or you can purchase hardware load balancers from Cisco, F5, etc. You can also look at software load balancers which run within a VM under linux which will do the job nicely if the load isn’t crazy high.

Windows NLB will wotk in a virtualised environment. It is available in all editions of Windows 2003

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc758523(WS.10).aspx

through to Windows 2008 R2

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/r2-differentiated-features.aspx

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  • saturno
    Why do you have four servers? Load balancing, bad implementation/design, all of them have different websites, you need to? Only after some more details we can provide a more correct answer. In theory you can put all of them in one virtual server, but before you need to answer the above question. Please post back
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    [...] 10. Mrdenny, RichS, and Saturno are in the process of helping out a member trying to run IIS to make one virtual server. [...]
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