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  Asked By: Joseph    Date: Mar 07    Category: MOSS    Views: 1032

It seems the more I read the more confused I get. Can someone help me
with my topology.

I have a medium farm with two WFE, 1 index server and a clustered SQL
server. Would I have all services running on the two web front end
servers. I am a little confused about what services should be running on
the WFEs and what should be running on the Index. I had all services
running on the first WFE which I now know is probably not the best thing
to do. I have Central Administration running on the 1 WFE. Which server
should the WSS Search and Office SharePoint Server Search be running on
all servers. Is there a clearer diagram somewhere. I

think I have confused myself.

Does this look right?

MSS1 - web content; query; central admin; document conversion load
balancer service; document conversation launcher service;

MSS2 - web content; query

MIDX - indexing; excel calculations



2 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Jagat Pandit     Answered On: Mar 07

The answer of course depends on your load and such, but for this
configuration usually you run everything except the Index role of Office
SharePoint Server Search on both of your WFEs. Your Index server should
have the Index role (and verify it does NOT have the Query role) for
sure. From there you can branch out. A lot of folks put the Web Front
End role on their Index servers as well and have it crawl itself. You
could also give it the Excel and Document conversation services on it.
Neither of them are likely to get enough use for it to matter.

Answer #2    Answered By: Jerod Carrillo     Answered On: Mar 07

As I understand it, the INDEX-QUERY runs on one server behind the (2) WFE(s).
The index that is generated is propagated to both WFE(s). This way if the INDEX
server goes down a user can still search against the old index file.

I did not know you could split out the CA. How would that work if one WFE went
down and it was the one running the CA? Seems to me it needs to run on both.

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