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removing a citrix ps4 server for farm

Posted on 2007-03-17
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I have farm consisting of 6 ps4 metaframe servers. I'm replacing 3 of these servers with newer hardware. I already joined them to the farm. My question is what are the steps to removing the 3 old W2K3 PS4 servers from the farm? Do I need to uninstall first? chfarm? command line? or from console? A detailed description what be appreciated.
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by:Carl Webster
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What is you Data Store?  Access, MSDE, MS SQL, Oracle DB2?
What edition of PS4 are you using?  Advanced or Enterprise?
Are you using any other advanced features of Citrix such as Resource Manager, Installation Manager?
Are you using a dedicated Zone Data Collector?

If you are using Access or MSDE then you need to transfer the DB file to one of the newer servers.
If you are using any of the advanced features make sure you move everything to one of the newer servers.
If you are using a dedicated Zone Data Collector make one of the newer servers the dedicated ZDC.
Now, just uninstall all the PS components from the 3 old servers and the uninstall process will remove each server properly from the farm.


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by:phishbone4
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My IMA datastore is on a seperate sql 2005 server. We are using PS4 enterprise edition. I already switch the preferred zone collector to one of the new one's. Are you sure just as simple as uninstalling the software? People are telling me to use chfarm command to remove from farm or remove from farm from console. I need the best method of removing from farm. I want it to go as smooth as possible.
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In the console, if you click a server and select Remove From Farm it will tell you to uninstall the software.  If you read the docs on chfarm it will tell you to use chfarm as a last resort to removing a server from a farm.  Best Practice is to uninstall the Citrix software from each software.  The uninstall will handle all the internal details for you.


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