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    Load Balancing / File Mirroring & Replication - Microsoft IIS Servers

    Hello, we have a few web servers that run Windows 2003 Server and IIS for web page hosting. We develop custom applications and don't do "web hosting" per se.

    What is the best way to do this in a load balanced environment? We have a Cisco load balancer out in front of these servers, but I'm curious about the following:

    1) Is there a way to replicate IIS entries instead of having to configure the site on each server?

    2) How does everyone handle file replication (hopefully in real time) across all servers?

    Thank you in advance for the assistance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cm_guy View Post
    1) Is there a way to replicate IIS entries instead of having to configure the site on each server?
    "You can use the command-line script iiscnfg.vbs, which is stored in systemroot\System32, to copy the IIS metabase and schema from one computer to another."
    http://www.microsoft.com/technet/pro....mspx?mfr=true

    Quote Originally Posted by cm_guy View Post
    2) How does everyone handle file replication (hopefully in real time) across all servers?
    If you don't have too many files, you can use DFS. But it requires Active Directory.
    http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserv...s/default.mspx

    Otherwise, a standard scheduled copy job will suffice. And there are several options here; XCOPY, ROBOCOPY, RICHCOPY.

    ROBOCOPY: http://ss64.com/nt/robocopy.html
    RICHCOPY: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/m...t.aspx?pr=blog

    Hope this helps!
    Brock Hensley
    Technical Support Representative
    http://www.ServerIntellect.com
    Managed Servers, 24x7 U.S. Support, Web Hosting Solutions

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    The problem with RichCopy and robocopy is they do not copy open files. RichCopy was really good though as it was easy to use. It does have a few bugs.
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