Configuring Load Balancing and Transport Services

Practice Labs Module
Time
51 minutes
Difficulty
Intermediate

Welcome to the Configuring Load Balancing and Transport Services Practice Lab. In this module, you will be provided with the instructions and devices needed to develop your hands-on skills.

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Overview

Introduction

Welcome to the Configuring Load Balancing and Transport Services Practice Lab. In this module, you will be provided with the instructions and devices needed to develop your hands-on skills.

Learning Outcomes

In this module, you will complete the following exercises:

  • Exercise 1 - Configuring Windows Network Load Balancing (NLB)
  • Exercise 2 - Configuring Transport Services

After completing this lab, you will be able to:

  • Configure Windows NLB in Exchange Server 2016.
  • Configure transport services.

Exam Objectives

The following exam objective is covered in this lab:

  • 2.3 Plan, deploy, and manage load balancing
  • 3.1 Plan, deploy, and manage transport services

Lab Duration

It will take approximately 30 minutes to complete this lab.

Exercise 1 - Configuring Windows Network Load Balancing (NLB)

Windows Network Load Balancing (NLB) is one of the features in Windows Server operating system. NLB allows the management of multiple servers as a single virtual cluster. Each server in the cluster is designated as a host device. The network traffic is distributed among all the hosts in a cluster. This reduces overloading of data on a single host, thereby facilitating faster processing of network data. If one of the hosts in the cluster breaks down, NLB ensures the traffic is diverted to the remaining hosts using the TCP/IP protocol. As an administrator, you first need to install the NLB feature and then create a Windows cluster to complete the configuration of NLB in Exchange Server.

In this exercise, you will learn how to configure Windows NLB by performing the following tasks:

  • Task 1 - Install Windows NLB
  • Task 2 - Create a Windows cluster

Learning Outcomes

After completing this exercise, you will be able to:

  • Configure Windows NLB in Exchange Server 2016.

Exercise 2 - Configuring Transport Services

Shadow redundancy and Safety Net are the two important aspects that you need to configure as part of the transport services in Exchange Server.

Shadow redundancy is one of the optional features in Exchange Server. This feature is enabled by default in Exchange Server. Shadow redundancy maintains redundant copies of the incoming messages and then the messages are delivered to the concerned mailbox databases. Therefore, the feature of shadow redundancy works when the messages are in transit. However, shadow redundancy cannot always protect the messages that are in transit.

When a message arrives, a redundant copy of the message is created. When the message is delivered, the sender server updates the message discard status. The receiver server then transfers the message to the Safety Net.

Safety Net maintains redundant copies of the messages that are processed. The messages are stored for two days by default in the Safety Net. Once the task of shadow redundancy is over, the process of Safety Net begins.

In this exercise, you will learn how to configure shadow redundancy and Safety Net.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this exercise, you will be able to:

  • Configure transport services.
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