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Longhorn TS Session Broker Load Balancing

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Another Microsoft announcement here at BriForum: Longhorn Terminal Services will introduce session-based load balancing. This new load balancing mechanism is not built on NLB. Instead it is built on the TS Session Directory infrastructure. This new mechanism is called the Session Broker and is configured through the Terminal Services Manager. The way it works is that when an RDP client connects to a Terminal Server and that server is unable to services that client it queries the Session Broker on that user’s behalf and then redirect that client to an alternate server. This redirection happens automatically and does not user interaction. This mechanism also supports server draining – the ability to prevent new sessions from being created on a Terminal Server that it can be taken offline for maintenance.
So what is not provided? This mechanism is intended to simple scenarios and does not support:

  • Application Load Balancing
  • Complex/configurable balancing algorithms (built-in support only for session-based load balancing)
Dan Shappir is responsible for all aspects of product design, software development and maintenance of the Ericom's product lines. Mr. Shappir joined Ericom in 2001 and brings over 15 years experience in computer programming, and in the design and architecture of software products. Mr. Shappir holds a B.Sc. in Computer Science (with honors) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel and an M.Sc. in Computer Science (with honors) from Tel Aviv University, Israel. | Ericom Software
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