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SharePoint® 2010 Administration: Instant Reference by Milan Gross, Randy Williams

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Scale Out Application Servers

Scaling the application tier is incredibly flexible when you’re working with SharePoint’s application services. In the context of this chapter, scaling application services involves these two areas:

  • Improving performance and availability by running multiple service instances
  • Consuming application services from other farms

Improving performance and availability is easily achieved in a multiserver farm by starting the appropriate services as needed on the farm servers. The load balancing is provided automatically by SharePoint. For example, if two servers are running the Excel Calculation Services service, requests are automatically distributed to both in an active/active design. If one server goes offline, the other ...

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