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Introducing Windows Server® 2008 by The Microsoft Windows Server Team, Mitch Tulloch

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Network Load Balancing Enhancements

Let’s conclude this chapter with a brief look at enhancements to Network Load Balancing (NLB) in Windows Server 2008. This particular list of new features and enhancements is shorter than others in this chapter.

First, although the overall architecture and functionality of NLB remains the same as far as deploying and managing this feature are concerned, the picture under the hood is quite different: the NLB driver has essentially been rewritten to conform with the new NDIS 6.0 filter driver model used in Windows Server 2008. As shown in Figure 9-4, the NLB driver is a kernel-mode driver that runs on each server in an NLB cluster, and this is essentially the same as in previous versions of Windows Server.

Figure 9-4. How ...

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