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Patching Multiple Web Front End Servers RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    When updating / patching SharePoint Web Front End servers is it best practice to shut down the entire farm first ? Is there a capability to (in a dual WFE setup) patch each server in isolation without bringing down the farm and therefore allowing the end users uninterrupted access?

     

      

     

    Monday, January 17, 2011 1:43 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    no need to shut down any farm.

    You can go to Central Admin > Operations > Global configuration > Quiesce Farm

    And select the option to make server idle, this will stop users to make any changes in farm and you can install / upgrade patches.


    Regards, Pratik Vyas | SharePoint Consultant | http://sharepointpratik.blogspot.com/
    • Marked as answer by David HM Friday, January 28, 2011 5:46 AM
    Monday, January 17, 2011 2:10 PM
  • Microsoft documented it all for us: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc263467(office.12).aspx 


    Jeff Holliday, MCTS - Solution Architect - Collaboration - Ensynch, Inc.
    • Edited by Jeff Holliday Monday, January 17, 2011 6:08 PM Wrong Link
    • Marked as answer by David HM Friday, January 28, 2011 5:46 AM
    Monday, January 17, 2011 6:06 PM
  • Hi BillyBleep,

     

    In addition to Pratik and Jeff said above, you should also notice that you should stop the World Wide Web publishing service on all front-end Web servers to disconnect all the users from the server farm. In server farms with multiple front-end Web servers, if you allow users to connect after the files and databases have been updated on one Web server but not on other Web servers, users cannot browse the Web sites.

     

    Regards.

    • Marked as answer by David HM Friday, January 28, 2011 5:46 AM
    Tuesday, January 18, 2011 6:20 AM

All replies

  • Hi,

    no need to shut down any farm.

    You can go to Central Admin > Operations > Global configuration > Quiesce Farm

    And select the option to make server idle, this will stop users to make any changes in farm and you can install / upgrade patches.


    Regards, Pratik Vyas | SharePoint Consultant | http://sharepointpratik.blogspot.com/
    • Marked as answer by David HM Friday, January 28, 2011 5:46 AM
    Monday, January 17, 2011 2:10 PM
  • Microsoft documented it all for us: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc263467(office.12).aspx 


    Jeff Holliday, MCTS - Solution Architect - Collaboration - Ensynch, Inc.
    • Edited by Jeff Holliday Monday, January 17, 2011 6:08 PM Wrong Link
    • Marked as answer by David HM Friday, January 28, 2011 5:46 AM
    Monday, January 17, 2011 6:06 PM
  • Hi BillyBleep,

     

    In addition to Pratik and Jeff said above, you should also notice that you should stop the World Wide Web publishing service on all front-end Web servers to disconnect all the users from the server farm. In server farms with multiple front-end Web servers, if you allow users to connect after the files and databases have been updated on one Web server but not on other Web servers, users cannot browse the Web sites.

     

    Regards.

    • Marked as answer by David HM Friday, January 28, 2011 5:46 AM
    Tuesday, January 18, 2011 6:20 AM