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CRM 2011 Upgrade: splitting full server environment to front-end/back-end servers

I am in the process of upgrading CRM 2011 to CRM 2016 and want to know the feasibility/issues encountered of splitting a full server environment into front-end/back-end servers

The common wisdom has been that this is very difficult and not worth the time.  I would like some up to date information on this, however, since I have not encountered a full-server installation during the last five years.

This is not a highly customized or really large installation.  There are managed solutions from PowerObjects and a limited number of Jscript web resources and plugins.

I would like some advice from someone that has done this process recently and what they encountered, positive or negative.

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Feridun KadirPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
My question to you, do you have particular reasons for setting up front and back-end servers?

Anyway, it is not difficult to acheive. I would continue with your upgrade process using full servers until everything is finished. Then, you can install Dynamics 365/CRM on a new server and choose add to existing deployment and select the roles to install on the new server (such as back-end). When that is working, you can go back to the full-server server, In Add/REmove Programs, select Dynamics server, then click Uninstall/Change and in the setup window select Configure. On the next page you'll see the roles currently on this server. Deselect the ones that you just added to the new server and finish setup.
apollo7Author Commented:
Thanks, my reasons are with past installations I have extreme problems with the asynch service taking over all the memory of a full server especially when running deployments of new solutions, complex workflows and so on. In the middle of the night I would check on an automated deployment and stay up closing services to let the process complete.  Almost always, the deployment process would crash and we would need to start over.

By remaining in Full Server mode until Dynamics 365, I should be aware of any potential plugins/workflows that could bring down the server.
Sounds very feasible and I appreciate the advice.
apollo7Author Commented:
Thanks, this answers my question.
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