Microsoft Network Load Balancing Behind the Scenes

I figured out I wrote a lot about Microsoft Network Load Balancing (NLB) without ever explaining how that marvel of engineering works. To fix that omission, here’s a short video taken from the Data Center 3.0 webinar.

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Several webinars available on cover data center-specific topics:

And don’t forget: you get access to all these webinars (and numerous others) if you buy the yearly subscription.


  1. Excellent explanation, thanks a lot!
    Does that only apply to Windows 2000 / 2003 or also to 2008? (I've heard Microsoft has implemented some improvements in 2008 NLB)
  2. Excellent refresher on Microsoft NLB. Thanks @ioshints !
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