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How Best to Shut Down an Active Farm RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello Community,

    I need to be able to shut down an active MOSS 2007 farm while at the same time preventing users from losing data - I know the first step is to quiesce the farm, are there other steps that should be taken as well?

    Thanks!

    Tom


    Tom Molskow - SharePoint Architect - Microsoft Community Contributor 2011 Award - Linked-In - SharePoint Gypsy
    • Edited by Mike Walsh FIN Tuesday, July 19, 2011 6:16 AM MOSS 2007 - not needed in Title as default here
    Monday, July 18, 2011 8:45 PM

Answers

  • Hi Tom,

    You are right first step would be to take your farm in readonly mode. This will allow users from stop updating.

    But this is what I suggest.

    1. Put up a putage page and redirect your DNS to that outage page. You can post some messgae over there.

    2. You can then shutdown all sharepoint and IIS related services from services console. This will prevent any connection to SQL database from application.

    3. If you want to uninstall sharepoint then don't follow step 2, just go into control pannel and uninstall sharepoint.

    • Marked as answer by Tom Molskow Tuesday, July 19, 2011 8:34 PM
    Tuesday, July 19, 2011 2:03 AM
  • Drainstop - "if you bring a host down intentionally, you can use the drainstop command to service all active connections prior to bringing the computer offline."

    Once you open the NLB manager > right click your host > Control Host > Drainstop. It then stops serving new connections.

     


    BlueSky2010
    • Marked as answer by Tom Molskow Tuesday, July 19, 2011 8:34 PM
    Tuesday, July 19, 2011 2:12 PM

All replies

  • Hello,

    You could email the users to schedule the downtime. Quiese the farm disallows new connections to the Infopath Forms Services and Microsoft Excel Services.

    The technet documentation states quiesefarm as: "Temporarily suspends the farm's ability to accept new sessions that are essential to rendering InfoPath forms on a server."

    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262797(office.12).aspx


    Tyler


    Monday, July 18, 2011 9:24 PM
  • Hello Tyler,

    Yes, I was sure Quiese the farm is just the start, and I agree that sending an e-mail is necessary, but is there any graceful way to start to refuse new connections or remove the users ability to edit files?

    Thanks!

    Tom


    Tom Molskow - SharePoint Architect - Microsoft Community Contributor 2011 Award - Linked-In - SharePoint Gypsy
    Monday, July 18, 2011 9:37 PM
  • Hi Tom,

    You are right first step would be to take your farm in readonly mode. This will allow users from stop updating.

    But this is what I suggest.

    1. Put up a putage page and redirect your DNS to that outage page. You can post some messgae over there.

    2. You can then shutdown all sharepoint and IIS related services from services console. This will prevent any connection to SQL database from application.

    3. If you want to uninstall sharepoint then don't follow step 2, just go into control pannel and uninstall sharepoint.

    • Marked as answer by Tom Molskow Tuesday, July 19, 2011 8:34 PM
    Tuesday, July 19, 2011 2:03 AM
  • Hi Tom,

    As long as your farm has SP2 applied you can easily make content databases read only from the SQL server management studio. Also if you are using network load balance - you could use the 'drain stop' option to gradually remove WFEs.

    Hope this helps!


    BlueSky2010
    Tuesday, July 19, 2011 2:10 AM
  • Hello Blue Sky,

    What is the drain stop option?

    Thanks!

    Tom


    Tom Molskow - SharePoint Architect - Microsoft Community Contributor 2011 Award - Linked-In - SharePoint Gypsy
    Tuesday, July 19, 2011 1:32 PM
  • Drainstop - "if you bring a host down intentionally, you can use the drainstop command to service all active connections prior to bringing the computer offline."

    Once you open the NLB manager > right click your host > Control Host > Drainstop. It then stops serving new connections.

     


    BlueSky2010
    • Marked as answer by Tom Molskow Tuesday, July 19, 2011 8:34 PM
    Tuesday, July 19, 2011 2:12 PM