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Proper Way to shutdown a WSS 3.0 server farm RRS feed

  • Question

  • We want to Virtualize our SharePoint Farm so I wanted to know if there was any recommended procedure I should follow to ensure everything goes off without a hitch.

    The machines will remain on during the conversion but no users should be allowed to connect to the servers to avoid changes being made during the time the machine is being converted.  Are there any special procedures I should go through to ensure all goes well?

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012 5:28 PM

Answers

  • What virtualization technology are you using? How many servers in the farm? What are their roles?

    I would recommend performing the conversion during a period when then users are not accessing SharePoint. Schedule a time and communicate this to your users. You probably require network connectivity to perform the conversion, so pulling the network cable may not be possible. If they are accessing SharePoint using a DNS name (as opposed to a server name or IP address), you could simply update the DNS record to point to another server that is running IIS with a static page saying the farm is unavailable for maintenance.

    If you need to shut down the servers, I recommend shutting down the WFE servers, then the application servers, then the SQL servers. In a WSS farm it may not be this granular.


    Jason Warren
    Infrastructure Specialist

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012 5:40 PM

All replies

  • What virtualization technology are you using? How many servers in the farm? What are their roles?

    I would recommend performing the conversion during a period when then users are not accessing SharePoint. Schedule a time and communicate this to your users. You probably require network connectivity to perform the conversion, so pulling the network cable may not be possible. If they are accessing SharePoint using a DNS name (as opposed to a server name or IP address), you could simply update the DNS record to point to another server that is running IIS with a static page saying the farm is unavailable for maintenance.

    If you need to shut down the servers, I recommend shutting down the WFE servers, then the application servers, then the SQL servers. In a WSS farm it may not be this granular.


    Jason Warren
    Infrastructure Specialist

    Tuesday, May 15, 2012 5:40 PM
  • We are running WSS 3.0 with a 2 server farm.  The App server running the Web App and Central Administration and a SQL database server.
    Tuesday, May 15, 2012 5:48 PM
  • Hi,

    If it is production environment I would suggest you following steps:

    1. Turn of SQL services.

    2. Turn off all services from front end servers so that there would be no connection attempt from front end servers to database servers.

    3.redirect users to some outage page


    Thanks, Rahul Rashu

    Friday, May 18, 2012 8:15 AM