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Dedicated servers for project server RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello All,

    I have a question, is it possible (and in terms of scalability smart) to use dedicated servers for the Application / Web and database servers in a Sharepoint Farm? In the Project Server documentation is says that for every sharepoint application and web server in a farm Project server has to be installed on those servers. In terms of licenses this is not very efficient, but also for scalability of the project server platform. In the performance guide for projectserver is says that it indeed is possible to use dedicated servers for the Project Server platform within the Sharepoint farm. Can anyone clear this one for me??

     

    Thanks,

    Soul

     

    Wednesday, January 4, 2012 7:17 PM

Answers

  • Correct....all WFEs and App Servers in a farm would require Project Server licenses - even if you have dedicated App Servers....

    As a separate farm, take a look at Christophe's article.  Main issue I've seen is in admin efforts and extending enterprise search into the Project Server farm.  There's pros and cons to each approach....


    Andrew Lavinsky [MVP] Blog: http://azlav.umtblog.com Twitter: @alavinsky
    Wednesday, January 4, 2012 10:14 PM
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All replies

  • You can create a single server farm with Project Server, SQL and SharePoint
    on a single box.  Many of my clients do that.
     
    Just note that it's technically a separate farm from the main SharePoint farm.
     
     

    Andrew Lavinsky [MVP] Blog: http://azlav.umtblog.com Twitter: @alavinsky
    Wednesday, January 4, 2012 8:02 PM
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  • Hi Andrew,

    Thank you for your reply,

    we have a shared database cluster from where we want to host the sharepoint and Project databases

    Then we have a (already existing) sharepoint farm

    We want to add two web servers and two application servers, only for Project server environment but added to the sharepoint farm. Is that possible?

     

    Greets,

    Soul

    Wednesday, January 4, 2012 8:16 PM
  • So you're talking about a three tier system, 2 X WFE, 2 X App Servers, and 1 X DB Cluster.  That's doable.  You'll need Project Server licenses for each of the WFE and App Servers.

    It will still be a separate farm though (which may be seamless to the end users).  If you want to deploy on your main farm, you'll need licenses for each of the WFE and App Servers on that farm (I believe - check with your licensing specialist).

    See this post for more information: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/chrisfie/archive/2010/07/02/project-server-2010-and-sharepoint-2010-one-farm-or-multiple.aspx


    Andrew Lavinsky [MVP] Blog: http://azlav.umtblog.com Twitter: @alavinsky
    Wednesday, January 4, 2012 8:20 PM
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  • yes indeed a three tier system, the DB cluster already has processor licenses so that would not be a problem.

    As a separate farm, would there e any issue intergrating within SP2010 (main farm).

    I don't quiet underrstand the deploying on the main farm, isn't it possible to add dedicated project servers within the main farm? or does the sharepoint WFE's and APP servers than also need additional project licenses?

     

    Thanks again!!

     

    Soul

    Wednesday, January 4, 2012 8:26 PM
  • Correct....all WFEs and App Servers in a farm would require Project Server licenses - even if you have dedicated App Servers....

    As a separate farm, take a look at Christophe's article.  Main issue I've seen is in admin efforts and extending enterprise search into the Project Server farm.  There's pros and cons to each approach....


    Andrew Lavinsky [MVP] Blog: http://azlav.umtblog.com Twitter: @alavinsky
    Wednesday, January 4, 2012 10:14 PM
    Moderator