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Windows 7: Network load balancing 2 Win7 machines

13 Feb 2012   #1

Windows 7 Enterprise
Network load balancing 2 Win7 machines

We have 2 windows 7 machines and I would like to network load balance (NLB) them.

Can I do it in anyway ?

The reason why I cannot use windows 2008 R2 server
1) This is a development/test environment

2) This is in a corporate environment so we are only allowed to have windows 7. As per IT dept, machines with server OS need to be in server-room.

3) We pay a per machine fee to the IT vendor and windows servers costs 6x as much as windows 7. So to keep costs down we need to use windows 7.

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14 Feb 2012   #2

W7 Professional x64

Do you have two connections to the same network, or two different networks? My brief amount of reading informed me that, if the former, Windows 7 will automatically load balance between the two.

Frankly, I'd say you should reexamine the idea of either 1) a different IT company, or 2) actually hiring staff.
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14 Feb 2012   #3

Windows 7 Enterprise

We want to have 2 machine connected to the same network. We are trying to do what windows server NLB (network load balancing) does.

So I guess my answer cannot be done windows 7.

Thanks for the reply.
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14 Feb 2012   #4

W7 Professional x64

I found a few hits for software that would try to emulate it's functionality, but nothing that does actual NLB (I initially confused connection balancing and load sharing, my apologies).
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14 Feb 2012   #5

Windows 7 Enterprise

I was hoping to somehow install the NLB component on Windows 7.
I guess it cannot be done so I will close the issue.
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