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Sanity Check--Dedicated WFE for crawling in SP2010

  Date: Oct 30    Category: Sharepoint 2010    Views: 800

Just needed a sanity check..
Was perusing several blogs about how to accomplish this in 2010 and almost all
of them have the exact same PS script.

Here is an example of one..
blogs.msdn.com/.../how-to-configure-a-dedicated-\
web-front-end-for-crawling-in-sharepoint-2010.aspx

My question is this, since the WFE I want to dedicate to the crawl is not part
of the load balancer (on purpose of course) and is not hosting any web apps I
cannot browse http://dedicated_WFE_url..I get a 404.
Which of course will make the crawl fail..right?
So in order to accomplish this, I need to do what?
Extend the web app to the url of the dedicated WFE?
Otherwise I anticipate a ton of crawl errors.

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2 Answers Found

 
Answer #1    Answered On: Oct 30    

You won't be able to use the WFE for crawling if it doesn't host any of the
web apps. Things are routed through the load balancer based on the IP
address resolved by DNS. To use a dedicated WFE for crawling you set the
WFE up normally but don't include it in the load balancer. The script just
swaps the load balancer FQDN for the FQDN of the dedicated Web front end.

 
Answer #2    Answered On: Oct 30    

So in other words..just include the servername.domain name in the value for
$listOfUri.Add("Your Dedicated WFE Server URL");?
And the WFE in question has already been excluded from the LB.
FYI, here is another post that is similar but seems to be more specific for
server values..
blogs.technet.com/.../setup-a-sharepoint-crawl-ta\
rget-front-end-machine-properly-in-sp2010.aspx

 
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