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  • Question

  • Hi All,

    I have Sharepoint 2007 environment and it has 3 Servers (2 WFE and 1 APP) and the central admin is hosted on APP server, Somehow the APP server has crashed and not coming up. I need to move the Central admin to WFE so that the business can continue . Can someone please give me any leads ? 

    Tuesday, May 26, 2015 10:38 AM

Answers

  • Will there be any outage ?  - PSConfig always stops the services while running and causes an IIS reset.  So there will be an outage while you run PSConfig on that WFE.  Other servers should continue to run normally.

    Will all the settings be copied over to the New central admin (AAM and other jobs info) - This just creates a new CA web site.  The settings are all in the Config Database.  So unless you customized the CA site (which is uncommon) all your settings should be preserved.

     

    Do i need to kick out the corrupted server once the CA is hosted on the new server, So that a fresh install can be initiated ? - Moving CA to the other server will not require doing anything with the old server.  But if more than CA was affected you will need to repair/replace that server.


    Paul Stork SharePoint Server MVP
    Principal Architect: Blue Chip Consulting Group
    Blog: http://dontpapanic.com/blog
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    • Marked as answer by Rahul_Khurana Tuesday, May 26, 2015 2:24 PM
    Tuesday, May 26, 2015 1:48 PM

All replies

  • Just run PSConfig on the WFE server where you want Central Admin.  Tell it to keep the server in the farm, but also tell it to use that server for Central Admin.  That will provision a new Central Admin site on the WFE.

    Paul Stork SharePoint Server MVP
    Principal Architect: Blue Chip Consulting Group
    Blog: http://dontpapanic.com/blog
    Twitter: Follow @pstork
    Please remember to mark your question as "answered" if this solves your problem.

    • Proposed as answer by nbrattoliMVP Tuesday, May 26, 2015 1:14 PM
    Tuesday, May 26, 2015 12:17 PM
  • Hey Paul thanks for the reply.

    Questions:

    Will there be any outage ?

    Will all the settings be copied over to the New central admin (AAM and other jobs info)

    Do i need to kick out the corrupted server once the CA is hosted on the new server, So that a fresh install can be initiated ?

    Tuesday, May 26, 2015 1:20 PM
  • Will there be any outage ?  - PSConfig always stops the services while running and causes an IIS reset.  So there will be an outage while you run PSConfig on that WFE.  Other servers should continue to run normally.

    Will all the settings be copied over to the New central admin (AAM and other jobs info) - This just creates a new CA web site.  The settings are all in the Config Database.  So unless you customized the CA site (which is uncommon) all your settings should be preserved.

     

    Do i need to kick out the corrupted server once the CA is hosted on the new server, So that a fresh install can be initiated ? - Moving CA to the other server will not require doing anything with the old server.  But if more than CA was affected you will need to repair/replace that server.


    Paul Stork SharePoint Server MVP
    Principal Architect: Blue Chip Consulting Group
    Blog: http://dontpapanic.com/blog
    Twitter: Follow @pstork
    Please remember to mark your question as "answered" if this solves your problem.

    • Marked as answer by Rahul_Khurana Tuesday, May 26, 2015 2:24 PM
    Tuesday, May 26, 2015 1:48 PM
  • Paul you are definitely a Life savor and this definitely answered all my questions. 
    Tuesday, May 26, 2015 2:25 PM
  • Hi Paul,

    I ran in to a issue after provision the CA to another server, Now it says page cannot be displayed .

    I have made sure that the URL for new server is correct. I do not see any thing in event viewer.

    Thursday, May 28, 2015 11:12 AM
  • You are going to need to check the ULS log in SharePoint to figure that one out.  Usually this error results from a problem with access to the content database for the site or something similar.  Just because nothing is showing in the event log doesn't mean there isn't an issue.

    Paul Stork SharePoint Server MVP
    Principal Architect: Blue Chip Consulting Group
    Blog: http://dontpapanic.com/blog
    Twitter: Follow @pstork
    Please remember to mark your question as "answered" if this solves your problem.

    Thursday, May 28, 2015 11:29 AM
  • Hi Paul,

    It is for the CA site, Do you think something related to the AAM ?

    Thursday, May 28, 2015 3:14 PM
  • Normally there isn't really an AAM for the CA site.  Its just the name of the server and a custom port number.  Since you are moving it from an app server to a WFE server and since you have two WFE servers could the load balancer be getting in the way?

    Paul Stork SharePoint Server MVP
    Principal Architect: Blue Chip Consulting Group
    Blog: http://dontpapanic.com/blog
    Twitter: Follow @pstork
    Please remember to mark your question as "answered" if this solves your problem.

    Thursday, May 28, 2015 4:36 PM
  • Hey Paul FInally we resolved it by following the below steps :

    Unprovision the CA through stsadm 

    psconfig.exe -cmd adminvs -provision -port  -WindowsAuthProvider OnlyUseNTLM

    Provision the CA through stsadm and finally it started working.

    Friday, May 29, 2015 4:34 AM