Network Load Balancing for SharePoint 2013, Part 6: How to Configure Alternate Access Mappings in SharePoint

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 six of our new series on Network Load Balancing, we’ll show you how to configure Alternate Access Mappings in SharePoint.

To begin, open the Central Administration page and select Application Management.  Under Web Applications, select Configure alternate access mappings.


Select the Web application that you want the Network Load Balancing you configured in parts 1-5 to control. In this example, we have selected port 80 (default).

Under URL protocol, host and port, enter the URL that you set in part 3. In this example, we’ll be using the following URL: http://LoadBalancing.chau.local  

Click OK.

The Alternate Access Mappings page will display as follows:

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:


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