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What Is Load-Balancing?

Load-balancing is an optimization technique whose purpose is to distribute tasks among servers, disks and CPUs on a network in order to decrease computing time. The balancing process is accomplished by a load balancera virtual server which receives tasks and assigns them to physical servers. The clustering and load-balancing service commonly used in Windows environments is Microsoft NLB.

Note: For more information concerning load-balancing with Microsoft NLB, refer to the following Microsoft document: Network Load Balancing Technical Overview.

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