Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services Network and Load Balancing Design

Microsoft Corporation

Published: August 2003

Authors: Microsoft Office Internet Platform and Operations Windows SharePoint Services Team


This white paper describes the way the Internet Platform and Operations group at Microsoft Office configured the network and load balancing for a deployment of Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services (Beta) to host customer sites. This is the third of four papers that describe the Windows SharePoint Services (Beta) hosting experience.

This white paper will briefly present the network structure and load balancing solution chosen for this Windows SharePoint Services deployment. The goals of this solution were to ensure high security, reliability, and availability, provide fault tolerance, and allocate enough network bandwidth for Microsoft SQL Server operations. Over an eight-month period of hosting time, these goals were accomplished with 99 percent availability – an excellent result for beta code.

The configuration and best practices outlined in this paper may be of use to anyone deploying Windows SharePoint Services in a hosting scenario, for example, Internet service providers (ISPs) and enterprise companies.

Applies to:
Deployment Center 2003