I have a web farm consisting of 2 web servers running Windows Server 2008 and IIS 7, load balanced between a hardware load balanacer. I'm reading about WFF 2.0 and I don't know if it's possible to use it with a hardware load balancer. If so, how do I have to set it up.

Also, since I have a hardware load balancer can one of the web servers be the Controller and the Primary server?


  • did you manage to get WFF to work with a hardware load balancer, as I've also looked and cannot find any documentation on how to do this? – dnoxs Feb 14 '11 at 14:14

For starters, no, don't try to use any cluster member as a Controller. That may become simple at some point in the future, but right now (WFF 2.1/2.2), don't do it.

See https://serverfault.com/a/248456/35088 .

For seconds, there's a script for use with F5 boxes: http://blogs.iis.net/gursing/archive/2011/01/21/how-to-integrate-f5-with-web-farm-framework.aspx

Depending on your HLB, you might be able to rework it for your needs if it's not an F5.

  • (Semantic note: calling something "an HLB" is not helpful; it's a bit like saying "does this program work with Operating Systems?") – TristanK Feb 11 '12 at 0:11
  • +1 for applying a bit of sound reason here. – Mathias R. Jessen Feb 11 '12 at 0:19

This ASP.net blog seems to say yes, it is possible. It seems like you have to do it with some programming, however. I would recommend reaching out the manufacturer of the hardware load balancer, if you still have support, and ask them about it. Those who make it can tell you best.

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