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Moving all SharePoint 2010 services to another server

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Hey all,

So here's a question for any SharePoint Admins out there.  I have recently been delegated resonsibilty of managing our 2010 farms (test and production) after our current Admin left the organization for greener pastures.  To date i have been handling basic requests, but nothing of this caliber before.

Our farm is setup with 3 WFE's/App Servers and 1 DB server.    

I would like separate the application server and web front end server roles. Have the general idea of what i need to do and how many new servers i will need (All VM's except the DB server).  I am not sure why we were set up this way, but i need to change it. I would like to ask if anyone has done this before in the past and perhaps can lend some adivce.  Thank you all.
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I would suggest making the server that is currently hosting your Central Admin site, your new App server.  First thing is to pull that server out of the load balancer (assuming your 3 web servers are load balanced).  You will then shut down the Enterprise Services running on your two web servers (Managed MetaData, Performance Point, Excel Services, etc).  

You may need to shuffle your Search Topology around.  Typically you make your web servers Query Components, and make your App server the crawl component.

That's what you need to do, at a high level.  I'm available for remote support, if needed.

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Not sure how "green" you are in SharePoint, but when I say you shut down Enterprise Services, you are doing this in Central Admin - System Settings - Services on Server.


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Hey Justin,

Thanks for the suggestion, i would not have thought of that... Didn't think of Central Admin.  So the new server will ultimately be a WFE, NOT an App sever. We do use load balancer (F5), removing the one server from the app pool will not be a problem.  

I think i can rename a server without removing it from the farm and then adding it back, by using Rename-SPServer cmdlet.  Just wondering if it will cause more problems by trying to rename the WFE that has the Central Admin install on it.
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The new server will have the web app service running on it, but since it's not in the Load Balancer rotation, you wouldn't consider it a "web server".  No users would be hitting it to get to their sites, just admins to get to Central Admin.

The Rename-SPServer will update the server name (after it's been changed) in the Config database.  

It may be better to run the config wizard on the new app server, choose to NOT disconnect from the farm, but choose to NOT host Central Admin any longer.  Then rename your server, and run the Rename-SPServer command.  Finally run the config wizard again, choosing NOT to disconnect from the farm, but this time choose to host the Central Admin site.

I think that could work.
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Thank you for the answer, this worked fairly well, needed some work, but got me there.  Thanks again.
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