SharePoint - Distributing Roles

Mc2102
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Hello,

I am currently trying to get more knowledge about SharePoint 2010 and so I am reading a book about it. In this book they are explaining that you can distribute diffrent roles to different servers. For example you can have a server which is performing searches and responds to search queries. Well so far so good but unfortunately the book forgets to explain how this works.
So if I want for example a dedicated server which crawls the different content sources and responds to search queries how would I set that up? I install an additional server, add it to the farm and then install the 'Search Service Application' on it? How do I tell the other servers in the farm to use this server for searches? Or am I completely off?

Can anybody please shed some light into this for me?
Thank you
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can you please confirm......it is Distribution Rules or Distribution Roles?
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I'll assume you don't have anything Search related deployed yet.  I'll also assume you will deploy Search using the UI, and not PowerShell.

You would install SP on the server, and join it to the farm.
You would then create your Search SErvice Application.  Afterwards, you can modify the topology of Search on the Search Admin page.  This is where you assign the Search roles.  You can make your new server the Crawl server as well as the Query server.  Also verify that the Search and Query services are started on that server (through Central Admin).  They shouldn't be started on any other server.

Great videos:  http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/enterprisesearch/ff960998.aspx

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Thanks, that is the information I was looking for.

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