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How to setup a Sharepoint 2010 web front end server

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In SharePoint 2010 the Web Front End installation choice is no longer available and the Complete choice has been renamed to Server Farm. EEQ-26319239 says that "The Server Farm choice is what you should use if you want to be able to point the installation at a specific SQL instance."  My questions are:

a) Why was the Web Front End Server option removed from sharepoint 2010? Is Microsoft pushing some other software or Method of front end hosting/security?

b) If I choose the "server Farm" option for installation, the next screen asks me “Complete” or “Stand-Alone”… which should I choose here?

c) Can someone give me a little more detail about which options to configure to make the installation a “Web Front End” installation?

Thank you
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use complete

that is all you need

then when you run the SP Tech wiz you can define the role in the farm.

Best of luck.
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A) because it was never a good idea to use "web server".  it's always been a best practice to use Complete then stop services as needed.

b) complete.

c) use complete.  in Central Administration go to system settings - services on server.  stop the service app services (if running, they shouldn't be by default), including the User Profile, Profile Sync, Managed MetaData, etc.  Verify Foundation Web Application service is running.

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Thanks George; Thanks Ach1lles
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For a web app server, should the following be started?

Microsoft SharePoint Foundation Workflow Timer Service
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If the web application service is started, I would say yes.  If it's not, then the Timer is optional.
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Reason why I ask is because your other post indicated to make sure that the web application service is started. On my WFE I didn't have tha service started. Not sure if that effected the way my WFE in anyway
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The web application service is what makes a server a "WFE".  If this service isn't running, it's not a WFE.
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It was running at one point in time, figured I would turn off services that I thought was not needed.
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