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Moving Web Applications between servers in the same farm (SP2010)

  Date: Oct 13    Category: MOSS    Views: 1417

Basically, when I created this particular web app, I didn't realize that the web
app service was started on the application server in the farm. I want the web
app to be on the web server instead.
My plan is to first stop the web app service on the app server, then create a
new web app on the wfe, then detach and reattach db's to the new web app.
Does this sound sane?
Can anyone recommend a different approach?



3 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered On: Oct 13    

Your web applications are on all of your SharePoint servers that run the web
application service. You don't have to move anything. Also, web applications
are not created on the WFE, they are created in Central Administration,
which I certainly hope is not running on your WFE.

Answer #2    Answered On: Oct 13    

So just to clarify, a web application is created in IIS and is 'replicated' by
SP to all other servers running IIS, which is all SP servers.
So what makes a WFE server a WFE server besides not pointing to it by URL?
In other works, if I create a web site call Test.net.ex
And I get to the website by type Test.net.ex in my browser, my IP for
Test.net.ex will point to all of my WFE servers, or be directed to it by network
load balancing or a front-end switch, but not my application serves.
So do I go into Central Admin \Services on Serves and turn off all of my
services except the Web Application service on my WFE servers? What about
Incoming E-Mail and Workflow Timer - I keep those started on my WFE.
Should I be turning those off on my App serves?
Is there a good white paper on proper configuration of WFE and App servers

Answer #3    Answered On: Oct 13    

I don't know if this will work but you should create a backup of the farm to a
test environment and try it out there if you don't get a reliable answer. Do you
have a test farm you can break? I would try this there if possible.