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SharePoint Application & WFE Servers as Active/Passive RRS feed

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  • Hi All,

    I know that SharePoint will automatically load balance the application servers and WFE's will be load balanced by using the Windows NLB setup. Is there a way to get an Active/Passive behaviour for WFE's and App servers rather than the OOB Load Balance. I understand that I can install the application services on multiple nodes and turn them off for the desired passive node. But in case of failure the services will have to be manually started i guess, which is not the desired solution. Any Power Shell tricks to Affinitize the desired Active Server so that most of the requests go to it?

    Tuesday, April 24, 2012 1:57 PM

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  • Would appreciate thoughts/suggestions....thanks!
    Saturday, April 28, 2012 1:40 AM
  • Can I ask why you would need that setup? If you've got your capacity planning correct, then the number of servers and the load balancing would be utilised effectively.  I don't see the point in having servers sitting there ready to go but not being used.

    I guess at the simplest of levels, script the joining of your server to the farm and the services to enable so that it's not even in the farm until required.


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    Saturday, April 28, 2012 2:09 PM
  • Thanks Paul, The passive server is primarily used for other workloads and I dont want to use it for SharePoint until the Primary SharePoint server fails. Basically trying to design HA for SharePoint WFE and apps and I am falling short of kit, so trying to reuse some existing server for being the SharePoint passive server.  Appreciate your reply.
    Sunday, April 29, 2012 8:23 AM
  • No problem, I would suggest again creating a powershell script to add the server and activate any services required to take away any interaction when needing to use the server in your farm.

    Paul Turner http://redmanta.co.uk/blog Twitter: @RedMantaUK MCTS:WSS,MOSS,2010 MCITP:2010.
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    Sunday, April 29, 2012 8:26 AM