Fast Search scale up RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    When installing Fast Search for SharePoint 2010, can I start with a single server installation and scale it up later to a multi-server deployment?

    Wednesday, March 9, 2011 1:34 PM


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  • Yes, but you would have to re-feed your data in order to have it distributed over two columns.

    You can find information about adding index columns at

    Mikael Svenson

    Search Enthusiast - MCTS SharePoint/WCF4/ASP.Net4 -
    Wednesday, March 9, 2011 7:56 PM
  • That's interesting, I hadn't seen that before (me = FAST n00b :). Didn't get past the page linked below lol

    We reconfigured our environment via a new deployment.xml file. There are examples below the page. We have a two-node FAST cluster that is for query redundancy rather than index power/load balancing (i.e. two rows instead of multiple columns in FAST-speak). I've copied our deployment.xml file below (server names edited to protect the guilty!) in case it helps. FAST1.local and FAST2.local both provide "query" functionality so if one falls off the radar the other can take over. This scenario means we may lose the capability to continue to index documents while one of the servers is offline, but our design promoted the ability to query as the primary failover concern.

    You can provide an updated deployment.xml to the FAST admin server at any stage later on i.e. 1 node -> 2 nodes -> 4 nodes etc.



    <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8" ?>
    <deployment comment="2 node FAST Search farm configuration" xmlns="">
     <connector-databaseconnectionstring />
     <host name="FAST1.local">
      <admin />
      <indexing-dispatcher />
      <content-distributor id="0" />
      <webanalyzer server="true" link-processing="true" lookup-db="true" />
      <searchengine row="0" column="0" />
      <query />
     <host name="FAST2.local">
      <searchengine row="1" column="0" />
      <document-processor processes="4" />
      <query />
      <row id="0" index="primary" search="true" />
      <row id="1" index="none" search="true" />
    Thursday, March 10, 2011 3:29 AM