Microsoft Web Farm Framework

Microsoft Web Farm Framework

- Free product (in beta phase at this time)
- Provides automated management of web farms

- Define a server farm in the product and then add on one or more servers.
This process involves defining a primary server for a role - the tool can automatically replicate and provision additional servers in that role.

- Load balancer integration: integrates with http load balancer to manage updates without downtime - the server being updated is pulled out of the load balancer and the site remains available.

- Management of the farm is done through a simple, user-friendly wizard interface, with checkboxes

- Platform provisioning: integrates Microsoft Web Platform Installer technology.

- Application provisioning: deploy, replicate/synchronize sites, applications, content and settings

- Farm administration: health checks, status tracking of servers. automate tasks using PowerShell scripts.