Use Web Farm Framework to Provision, Manage Server Farms for High Availability

Microsoft Web Farm Framework is a free product for you to easily provision and mange a farm of web servers.  It enables you to:

  • Automate the installation and configuration of platform components across the server farm,
  • Automatically synchronize and deploy ASP.NET applications across them. 

It also supports integration with load balancers - and enables you to automate updates across your servers so that your site/application is never down or unavailable to customers (it can automatically pull servers one-at-a-time out of the load balancer rotation, update them, and then inject them back into rotation).

Web Farm Framework Features

Web Farm Framework provides:

  • Seamless Provisioning and Deployment
  • Elastic Scale and Load Balancing
  • Simplified Server and Farm Management

More Information and Download

The Microsoft Web Farm Framework is a 1 MB download, and can be installed on IIS 7 and above. It is available for free. You can download the first preview of this beta here: x86 / x64.

Scott Guthrie explains in his blog post Introducing the Microsoft Web Farm Framework:

  • Why Is the Web Farm Framework Useful?
  • Using Web Farm Framework to Provision and Scale a Web Farm
  • Scenario Walkthrough: Setting up and Provisioning a Web Farm
  • Managing a Web Farm
  • Platform Provisioning using the Web Farm Framework
  • Application Provisioning using the Web Farm Framework
  • Running Operations and Managing the Server Farm

For information on how you can use Web Farm Framework in your development efforts, see

Bruce D. Kyle
ISV Architect Evangelist | Microsoft Corporation

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