Configuring Compliance Accelerator for use in a Network Load Balancing cluster

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Configuring Compliance Accelerator for use in a Network Load Balancing cluster

Network Load Balancing (NLB) is a clustering technology that Microsoft offers as part of Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012.

NLB balances the network traffic across all the nodes in a cluster, which work together to run a common set of applications and provide the image of a single system to client users. NLB helps to enhance the scalability and performance of Compliance Accelerator by distributing client requests across the nodes in the cluster; background Compliance Accelerator tasks are unaffected. It also provides high availability by detecting node failures and automatically redistributing traffic to operational nodes.

The process of setting up an NLB cluster requires you to specify a virtual name or IP address for the cluster. When they start the Compliance Accelerator client, your users must specify this virtual name or address as the server to which they want to connect.

To configure Compliance Accelerator for use in an NLB cluster

  1. Ensure that each node that you want to include in the NLB cluster has a fixed IP address.

    If you do not have these fixed addresses, you can obtain them from your network administrator.

  2. Use the Network Load Balancing Manager that comes with Windows to set up and manage the cluster.

    Consult the documentation that accompanies Network Load Balancing Manager for guidelines on how to do this.

  3. Install the Compliance Accelerator server software on each node in the cluster.

    As a minimum, you must install the Enterprise Vault Accelerator Manager service on each node.

See Installing the Compliance Accelerator server software

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