Configuring IIS 7.0 in a Windows Server 2008 Failover Cluster

To configure IIS 7.0 in a clustered environment using Windows Server failover clustering, you have to use custom code (.vbs script) to enable such a high availability scenario.

If this is something you are considering then this KB Article is a must read.  Microsoft still recommends Network Load Balancing (NLB) be used as the primary method for providing scalability and availability for IIS 7.0.

About Wes MacDonald

Wes MacDonald is a DevOps Consultant for LIKE 10 INC., a DevOps consulting firm providing premium support, guidance and services for Azure, Microsoft 365 and Azure DevOps.

2 Responses to “Configuring IIS 7.0 in a Windows Server 2008 Failover Cluster”

  1. Hi Wesmacdonald,

    This is Samir Nigam from India. I’m working on web based application in cluster environment (Win Server 2008). I’m facing a problem. There are two servers L1 & L2 in cluster. When L1 is UP then is no problem. All database services, reporting services and IIS start automatically. But when L2 is UP then all services start automatically except IIS at L2. I’ve to start manually. Before that it was working fine. How to fix this problem. Can you help me in this regards?

    Samir Nigam,


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