Network Load Balancing for SharePoint 2013, Part 8: How to Verify that Load on Your Network is Being Correctly Balanced

When it comes to SharePoint, it is not uncommon for most companies to use a single farm for sharing information amongst its users. While this makes installation convenient, it can severely slow down access as well as increase your vulnerability to risk.

In order to mitigate the negative effects, you can install multiple Web Front-end (WFE) servers and a Network Load Balancer (NLB) to distribute requests and increase reliability through redundancy. With these risk mitigation measures in place, if a WFE server fails, the NLB can distribute requests to other WFE servers.

In part eight of our new series on Network Load Balancing, we’ll show you how to verify that the load on your network is being correctly balanced and that you are hitting WFE2 when WFE1 is stopped.

To begin, go to either WFE1 or WFE2.

Next, go to Administrative Tools and select Network Load Balancing Manager.

Enter the Cluster IP address.  In this example, we’ll be using the following address:

Right-click on WFE1 and select Control Host.  Select Stop.

After you click on Stop, you should see the following:

Next, to verify that the load on your network is being correctly balanced, enter your load-balanced URL (in this example: http://loadbalancing.chau.local) into a client browser.  When you do this, you should hit WFE2 (since WFE1 has been stopped).   When your network is correctly balanced, you will see that even if a server is down, you are still able to access your site.

To further test your Network Load Balancing, go into the Network Load Balancing Manager and stop both servers (WFE1 and WFE2).  You will notice that when both are stopped, you are not able to access your site.

Want to learn more about Network Load Balancing and how you can load balance Web traffic in order to increase the availability and reliability of your SharePoint solution?  If so, check out the rest of our series:

SharePoint Online

The cloud parts are functional components that extend your SharePoint Online environment in Microsoft 365.

Supports Classic and Modern sites for SharePoint Online/Microsoft 365

Small Business Pricing and Discounts


Top SharePoint Online Products

Experience greater power and savings by bundling our SharePoint apps and cloud parts.

Calendar Plus

Chart Plus

Knowledge Base

Project Management Central

Simple List Search


On-Premises Only

These web parts extend SharePoint beyond its out-of-the-box capabilities by tailoring it to your requirements with Bamboo Solution’s growing portfolio of SharePoint Web Parts.

SharePoint 2016, 2019, 2022 - Classic Pages Only


Top On-Premises Only Products

Experience greater power and savings by bundling our SharePoint apps and web parts.

Calendar Plus

Data Viewer

Password Change

Password Expiration

Password Reset


Our team of Microsoft 365 Technology Consultants helps you get the most out of your Microsoft technology, we have the best Microsoft 365 talent to streamline your organization.

Consulting to Streamline Your Department

M365 Plus

Managed Services

Microsoft 365

Consulting to Streamline Your Department

Human Resources

Information Technology

Marketing Campaigns




Our Consultants Have What You Need

Federal Contractors