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  Asked By: Jasen    Date: Aug 27    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 734

If I have 2 Front End Servers, how can I tell which one I'm connected to?



9 Answers Found

Answer #1    Answered By: Junior Jarvis     Answered On: Aug 27

You don't. You connect to the NLB and NLB decides which servers  you connect to.

Answer #2    Answered By: Sanjay Lohar     Answered On: Aug 27

In the iis log you can tell which server handeled your request. It's
probably in c:\windows\system32\logs if you have multiple websites, please
use iis admin to figure out which of the subfolders is holding your logs.

Answer #3    Answered By: Mason Salazar     Answered On: Aug 27

Actually, I have a load balancer, but are you saying that I can't?
I know it should be transparent, but how can I verify that I'm getting to system
B after adding it ot the farm as an FES? I want to verify that it is working

Answer #4    Answered By: Jesus Davis     Answered On: Aug 27

If you set a local hosts file on your client with the NLB name mapped to
the specific IP of the WFE you want to test you should get what you

e.g. Edit c:\windows\system32\drivers\etc\hosts and add a line like: nlbname.domain.com

Where you use the direct IP instead of and use the site
FQDN. Make sure you restart your browser after making the change.

Answer #5    Answered By: Narasimha Kamane     Answered On: Aug 27

One way would be to change a small image file to be slightly different on
each server; you could include it somewhere inconspicuous in your master
page or even hide it for most users.

Answer #6    Answered By: Fidel Crane     Answered On: Aug 27

As a standard part of our install of a SharePoint web server, we create a
server.htm file in the wpresources folder in the 12 hive on the C: drive
containing the name of the server. We can then browse to any SharePoint site and
put /_wpresources/server.htm on the path to see the name of the server we are

Another approach I have seen is to have a control in the masterpage that
displays an image (just part of the standard branding) but displays the name of
the server in the tooltip when you point to it with the mouse.

Answer #7    Answered By: Akshara Sanghavi     Answered On: Aug 27

Here is an easier way

Create a web part that echos the machine name of the server you are
connected to. It's actually quite simple to do. Would anyone like some
sample code?

Answer #8    Answered By: Aishwarya Dixit     Answered On: Aug 27

Sure ...if you've got the code... I'd take it.

Answer #9    Answered By: Indrajeet Patil     Answered On: Aug 27

Netstat -n from the command line on each server might be able to tell you
(just look for your IP on the Foreign Address part) assuming that the
outbound traffic doesn't go back through the LB. If you want to direct
yourself to a specific one (other than shutting one down), I don't think you

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