Wednesday, November 16, 2005

LCS and Network Load Balancing

I've have had a few questions on using hardware load balancers versus using Windows Server 2003 Network Load balancing. The important note is the following quote from the "Live Communications Server 2005 Enterprise Pools and Windows 2003 Network Load Balancing" deployment guide -
Using hardware load balancers is strongly recommended. Microsoft Windows® NLB may be used for evaluation, test, and pilot systems or for small, nonmission critical deployments.
Furthermore there are the following limitations with using NLB -

1. Remote administration using the Live Communications Server snap-in is not supported. The front-end Enterprise Servers will have to be managed by running the administrative snap-in locally and not from a remote computer.
2. Multiple pools within an organization are not supported.

So the short answer is - don't do it !

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