Hosting a .NET Application in a Web Farm
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Published: 30 Jul 2007
In this article I will discuss what a web farm is, why it is used, and what points we should keep in our mind while hosting .NET application in a web farm with complete illustrations and code snippets to generate machine keys.
by Tejaswini Das
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A Web server farm or simply Web farm is a group of computers acting as servers and housed together in a single location. A server farm is sometimes called a server cluster. A Web server farm can be either (1) a Web site that has more than one server or (2) an Internet service provider that provides Web hosting services using multiple servers.

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Title: Nice Article   
Name: Fidha
Date: 2010-09-28 4:22:28 AM
Hi Dass - This is a nice article. Thank You.
Title: Hosting a .NET Application in a Web Farm   
Name: Gandhi Basnet
Date: 2010-08-19 9:58:13 AM
The article is superb. Now I understand web farm clearly and which session state is applicable for it. I was asked this question in a interview.

Thanks a lot.
Title: Conceptual and contextual mistakes in your article   
Name: Eriawan Kusumawardhono
Date: 2010-04-26 3:05:58 AM
There are quite numerous mistakes in your article.
They are:
- The article should be titled 'Hosting ASP.NET application..' instead of .NET application
- The article has no mention of the fact that load balancing configuration of IIS to be used in web farms has to be configured separately, and it can only be configured in Windows Server OS, not in client OS such as Windows XP or Vista.
- Using SQL Server to store ASP.NET session data means that you have to install this database server separated with the web servers, otherwise the intention of added performance will be nothing. Also the server farm of the web server has to point to the same db server.

It's true that you can't use in proc configuration easily in a web farm configuration, but it can be done.
Title: Nice article   
Name: Sanjivani
Date: 2010-02-17 3:21:34 AM
Very useful and informative..explained the concept in short and sweet way.

Title: mistake in your article   
Name: vishnu vardhan, Hyderabad.
Date: 2010-01-04 7:59:40 AM
Please currect the word "Web Form" instead of "Web Farm".
I think it is not a web farm, it is Web form.

with regards
Title: good work   
Name: Pawan Pawar
Date: 2009-11-30 2:22:17 AM
gr8 work...

i appericiate with article
Title: superb   
Name: praveen
Date: 2009-07-07 5:42:47 AM
Thanks Das for posting very informative and most useful article.
Title: Really Good   
Name: Milind Mahajan
Date: 2008-07-16 2:23:42 AM
really very good article. every dot net developer should read it... keep going
Title: Good one   
Name: Vishal Khanna
Date: 2008-05-14 2:14:01 PM
Thanks Mr. Das. Nice article. Good explanation of using Aspnet_regsql.exe.
Title: Another way to create key   
Name: ashu fouzdar
Date: 2008-04-28 8:27:24 AM
One can also use the following url for generating keys :

It is very nice web based key generater
Title: Good Job   
Name: Abhishek
Date: 2007-08-01 1:30:46 AM
Nice work. Keep it up :-)

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