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Sharepoint Web Application/Load Balancing

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  • Hello all,

    I'm looking for a general best practice on an initial Sharepoint 2010 setup. 

    Our current setup is a single server running Sharepoint 2010 Enterprise with all roles on one box (we'll call the server spwfe01). I would like to plan things as best as possible for future expansion.

    If at some point in the future, I'd like to break out the roles (spwfe01, spwfe02, spdatabase), is it advisable to use the default Web Application created? I plan on mapping the initial setup to http://intranet but I want to make sure that, in the future, if we implement a load balancer of some type, this will not be a problem having used the default Web Application. Basically, is it best practice to create a new Web Application reflect the setup as it may end up in the future or can it be changed? Is it even advisable to use the default Web Application or is it a good idea to create a New Web Application? I I cannot see us needing more than one in future base on our business.

    I know this may be a rudimentary question, but I want to start out with a firm a base as possible.

    Thanks in advance

    Thursday, January 26, 2012 2:15 PM

Answers

  • Hi there,

    if you would like to implement some balancing and scaling, you might consider having dedicated front end servers (running your web application) which can use NetworkLoad Balancing feature of Windows Server and also having application server for running service applications, where you dont need NLB, but SharePoint will use internal balancing for service applications.

    You can implement load balancing on default web application without any problems. You just need two frontends and correctly configure your DNS server and Alternate Access Mapping in Central Administration.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc748824.aspx
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee667264.aspx
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/sharepoint/Video/dd379131


    Marek Chmel, WBI Systems (MCTS, MCITP, MCT, CCNA)
    Please Mark As Answer if my post solves your problem or Vote As Helpful if a post has been helpful for you.
    Thursday, January 26, 2012 2:22 PM
  • Since you asked about best practices; 
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/hh189420 

    when you configure your web servers load balance - then configure DNS to point to the web application name(s) at the load balance IP
    • Marked as answer by PsychoMonkey Thursday, January 26, 2012 4:47 PM
    Thursday, January 26, 2012 4:25 PM

All replies

  • Hi there,

    if you would like to implement some balancing and scaling, you might consider having dedicated front end servers (running your web application) which can use NetworkLoad Balancing feature of Windows Server and also having application server for running service applications, where you dont need NLB, but SharePoint will use internal balancing for service applications.

    You can implement load balancing on default web application without any problems. You just need two frontends and correctly configure your DNS server and Alternate Access Mapping in Central Administration.

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc748824.aspx
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee667264.aspx
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/sharepoint/Video/dd379131


    Marek Chmel, WBI Systems (MCTS, MCITP, MCT, CCNA)
    Please Mark As Answer if my post solves your problem or Vote As Helpful if a post has been helpful for you.
    Thursday, January 26, 2012 2:22 PM
  • Since you asked about best practices; 
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/hh189420 

    when you configure your web servers load balance - then configure DNS to point to the web application name(s) at the load balance IP
    • Marked as answer by PsychoMonkey Thursday, January 26, 2012 4:47 PM
    Thursday, January 26, 2012 4:25 PM
  • Thanks for all the info guys. This helps me get started.
    Thursday, January 26, 2012 4:47 PM