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  Asked By: Gonzalo    Date: Jan 18    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1750

We've had a small server farm successfully for 3 months. It was
designated a test environment, but much of what was developed on it
we'd like to keep.

We thought that the best way to procede would be to add a second
SPS2K3 server to the farm, move the portals we wanted to keep over to
the new box, and keep the old box as a testbed.

The problem we see is that when it comes time to set the roles on the
new box, checking any of the roles - web, search or index - results in
a message that the topology is not supported. if we check no roles,
the message is that the new box is unused.

What am I missing?



8 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Deonte Stein     Answered On: Jan 18

A medium farm  requires three servers. That’s why you’re getting the error, Job and index  needs to be removed from the server  and placed on its own server before a second web/search server can be added.

However, it sounds like the approach to the problem  may be a bit off… Don’t you want to do a backup and restore rather than adding  a server to the farm?

Answer #2    Answered By: Stephon Valentine     Answered On: Jan 18

When you say three servers, does that count the SQL server? Or does it
require three SPS servers plus the SQL?

As for backup/restore, that's what I originally planned, but one of my
team members wondered out loud what would happen if we just added
another server  and tried to move  the portal. Fortunately we're in an
environment where we can play a little, so...

At any rate, I take it that I should proceed by removing the new
server from the farm  and setting it up as a new small  farm??

Answer #3    Answered By: Leif Cardenas     Answered On: Jan 18

2 Front-end servers which are also search  servers, 1 Index/Job server  AND another SQL server(s). Tried once to make one of the front-end servers the SQL server, and that didn't work..FYI.

You are looking, it seems, for a medium, high-available server farm. This is well documented in the Resource Kit.

Answer #4    Answered By: Jasper Hatfield     Answered On: Jan 18

When you add  the two new servers, make them the front-end/search servers and
leave the original server  as the job/index servers. That way you do not have to
rebuild the search  indexes.

Answer #5    Answered By: Rashawn Hopper     Answered On: Jan 18

the RK is partly the source of my confusion, where Ch
12, in the second para. under "Topologies", says in back-to-back
sentences that a "medium server  topology requires at a minimum one
front-end Web server running the search  application, one index/job
server running SPS2K3, and one database server..." (total three??) and
in the next sentence, "...you cannot have a medium farm  with fewer
than four servers."

It seems the consensus is four.

Answer #6    Answered By: Horace Coffey     Answered On: Jan 18

Can we not have:
1 Web Front End w/ Search
1 Job/Index server
1 SQL Server?

How about this scenario..
1 Web Front End w/ Search
1 Web Front End w/ Search in DMZ (Alternate access URL setup)
1 Job/Index server
1 SQL server?

Answer #7    Answered By: Rigoberto Beard     Answered On: Jan 18

your second scenario will work -

Answer #8    Answered By: Alphonso Mckay     Answered On: Jan 18

Found this in the SharePoint Portal Administrators Guide:

Medium server  farm You must configure the servers in the medium server farm  as follows:
One or two front-end Web servers with the search  component enabled.
One index  management and job server.
One or more computers running SQL Server 2000.
Optional: One computer running the components for backward-compatibility with Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server 2001 document libraries.

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