While configuring your server for load balancing Internet traffic is dependent on a number of things. The following are general guidelines, considerations, programs and information on how you can properly configure your server for load balancing Internet traffic:
- To configure a terminal server cluster, you need a load-balancing technology such as Network Load Balancing (NLB) or DNS round-robin. The load-balancing solution will spread client connections to every one of the terminal servers. Network load balancing (also known as multihoming or dual-WAN routing) is the capacity in balancing traffic across 2 WAN links without the use of complex routing protocols like Border Gateway Protocol or BGG.
- Round Robin is a type of cluster load balancing. It creates multiple host records in DNS in a single location. Each record is directed to a different IP address. As clients make requests, DNS rotates through its list of records.
- This then balances the network sessions like email, web, etc., over multiple connections so as to distribute the bandwidth quantity being used by each individual LAN user and consequently raising the total bandwidth amount available for use.
- Network load balancing is used to serve as backup for a network. With the presence of a WAN link outage the network resources will still be accessible with the use of a secondary link or this backup. This is a very important use for companies who run services like Voice over IP or VoIP.
- Microsoft Cluster Server (MSCS) is a software created to let servers synergize as a computer cluster providing failover and increasing the application's availability, or parallel calculating power for high-performance computing (HPC) clusters.
- Microsoft has two technologies for this purpose: Component Load Balancing (CLB) that is a part of Application Center 2000, and Microsoft Cluster Service (MSCS). In Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 this service is being renamed to Failover Clustering.
- Each group of services or service run by the cluster uses the resources from each of the cluster nodes, each of them having a hard drive assigned to them. They have their own IP Address and network ID. The resources used by a clustered service are called a Resource Group, which contains all basic resources needed such as Network Name, IP Address, Disk Drive and the service itself. Together, they form a virtual server that could be moved instantly from one server to another (Failover) without any dependence on a specific server.
- Microsoft has also what it calls Network Load Balancing (NLB) that allows for effective utilization of many network cards.
- In Server Load Balancing multiple servers are joined creating a cluster that can use network load balancing in which simultaneous cluster request are being spread between cluster servers.
Depending on the platform that you use, you can configure your server by following the steps as indicated in the technical manual of your service provider. With more information about configuring your server, you can now allot bandwidth and manage Internet traffic with load balancing techniques.