There are some great new tools and features in Windows Server 2012 that make creating a highly available web farm much simpler than ever before.

I’ll work through each stage of the process over a series of posts. I’ll cover the pre-requisites and walk through each step with as many screen shots as possible.

The aim of this web farm is that any one server can be taken offline to be updated at any time without taking down the web farm.

The structure of the web farm will be:

Web_Farm_and_SQL_cluster

Our web farm will consist of:

  • 1 x Active Directory server
  • 2 x Clustered File Servers
  • 2 x Clustered SQL Servers
  • 4 x Web Servers
  • 2 x Load Balanced ARR (Application Request Routing) Server
  • 1 x Shared Storage (a Synology DS1511+ NAS from our testing environment)
  • 1 x Windows 7 Client PC for testing.

Building the web farm:

  1. Getting Started
  2. Configuring Active Directory
  3. Configuring the Scale Out File Server Cluster
  4. Configuring the Web Server Farm
  5. Configuring the Load Balanced ARR Servers
  6. Configuring the SQL Server Cluster
  7. Testing the web farm