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How to configure an ISA Server computer for a very large number of authentication requests
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This step-by-step article describes how to improve authentication throughput on a computer that is running Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server.
If the computer uses NTLM or Basic authentication for many Web clients, you may experience poor performance. This problem does not occur when authentication is turned off.
You can improve the authentication throughput by increasing the number of concurrent authentication calls that are in progress at one time between the ISA Server computer and the domain controller.
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Follow these steps to increase the number of concurrent authentication calls in progress at one time between the ISA Server computer and the domain controller.
928576This update enables you to track the use of the Netlogon calls.
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/928576/ )New performance counters for Windows Server 2003 let you monitor the performance of Netlogon authentication
If you have a computer that is running Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server, you can use the Network Load Balancing component (previously known as WLBS) of Windows 2000 Advanced Server to distribute incoming access requests among multiple IAS servers. This helps the server perform better when network traffic is high.
To load balance the Web requests and authentication and to increase performance, you can also use more ISA Server computers in an array.
For more information about a similar problem that is experienced on an Internet Authentication Server (IAS) computer, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/246118/ )How to configure your IAS server for a very large number of authentication requests
Article ID: 326040 - Last Review: March 4, 2009 - Revision: 7.0