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  • Ok. Figured out that the "Public URL" in the web application creation wizard is in fact the load balanced URL and if you are using PowerShell to create a web app, the option for load balanced url is -Url. There is no need for AAM configuration here. Hmm..wasted quite a bit of time trying to reach this conclusion.

    BTW, as a side note, there is a lot to improve on the PowerShell cmdlets part. There is so much inconsistency in terminology between PowerShell cmdlets and central admin. Looks like, two different teams worked on creating these two interfaces :)


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  • Hi Ravi :)

    Which OS you are using?


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    Monday, April 26, 2010 12:52 PM
  • Windows Server 2008 R2. How does it matter?
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  • Ravi, if I am not wrong, the NLB features is provided by Operating System and not SharePoint.  Refer this post:

    http://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/sharepoint2010setup/thread/4dfb635f-55ea-4601-bbe8-a97d552560ad

     


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    Monday, April 26, 2010 5:17 PM
  • When you create a Web app in MOSS 2007, you have an option to specify the NLB cluster name as the load balance URL.
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    Monday, April 26, 2010 5:50 PM
  • I could not locate any such option in SharePoint 2010.  Can yo check if this link helps you to setup NLB on Windows 2008:

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc754833(WS.10).aspx

     


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    Monday, April 26, 2010 6:44 PM
  • Hi Ravikanth,

    I do believe it's done using Alternate Access Mappings - the Load Balanced URL is really just the Public URL for a given zone. It's the URL that will be returned to clients by SharePoint in order for things like Load Balancing to work. The internal URL would be the url that a (hardware) load-balancer would use to actually address any given server in a cluster, but I don't think that would be relevant when using NLB. So when you create a web app, the URL you specify is actually the load-balanced URL (and if you needed any other URLs, you'd specify them afterwards using AAM config).

    HTH,

    Brian

    • Proposed as answer by Dan Luciano Monday, April 26, 2010 10:45 PM
    Monday, April 26, 2010 9:09 PM
  • Sorry about the delay in response. I checked AAM but I did not understand how I can map all my load balanced web front-ends there. I have 5 WFEs in a NLB and but I can add only two in default / Intranet. How do I configure the NLB URL to point to any of the 5 WFEs using AAM?
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    Wednesday, April 28, 2010 10:08 AM
  • FYI -

    Do you have your Alternate Access Mappings setup correctly to be able to use the NLB address? Also, I'm pretty sure you need to have another nic for server to server communication. If you are using Microsoft Windows NLB, typically you won't be able to communicate with the other servers in the NLB through the interface that is load balanced, thus you need an additional interface that they can communicate through.

    Source of above - http://www.sharepointoverflow.com/questions/694/install-sharepoint-package-on-an-nlb-cluster

     


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    Wednesday, April 28, 2010 10:24 AM
  • Yeah. I took care of all that :). and my confusion is simple, there are only 5 zones for any given web application. How do I map 5 load balanced web front-ends in to these zones and map them to a NLB URL?
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    Wednesday, April 28, 2010 10:31 AM
  • This can be a great debate for the upcoming BDOTNET event this Saturday :)
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    Wednesday, April 28, 2010 10:35 AM
  • Ok. Figured out that the "Public URL" in the web application creation wizard is in fact the load balanced URL and if you are using PowerShell to create a web app, the option for load balanced url is -Url. There is no need for AAM configuration here. Hmm..wasted quite a bit of time trying to reach this conclusion.

    BTW, as a side note, there is a lot to improve on the PowerShell cmdlets part. There is so much inconsistency in terminology between PowerShell cmdlets and central admin. Looks like, two different teams worked on creating these two interfaces :)


    Ravikanth
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    Wednesday, April 28, 2010 1:00 PM
  • Hi Ravi,

    I am not 100% sure, but I guess but NLB Cluster ip is the Load balance URL, AAM is used for mainly resolving the Public URL so the user see links correctly(As in search results).But I could be wrong :-)

    I have few doubts of mine if any one can answer.I am little confused and need some clarifications on WFE and load balacing.We have 2 WFE servers and (1 application, 1Database servers)

    1.Do i need to configure NLB on these servers?
    2.Where will I create web applications from Central Admin, where will theyreside?
    3.If I dont configure NLB and clusters, will I have to specifically say where the web app will reside, on WFE 1 or on WFE 2? Will not this defeat the purpose of having two servers as since i am hardcoding or providing a specific server name for a particular web app, how will the other server server this web app in case of load balancing.

    My network guys say that they will do the Load balacning, but i believe they will be doing it on the Outside network, but for Sharepoint we have to configure NLB cluster and then give the name of this Cluster IP while creating our web application.

    Please throw some light if you can or point me to a document that explains this in detail.

    Thanks,
    Sachin

    Thursday, January 12, 2012 5:22 PM
  • The above post by "BrianLala" should be marked as an answer as well.
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    Michael M. Thornberg

    IT Architect
    Accobat A/S
    Wednesday, January 25, 2012 10:24 AM