Web Front Ends and Fault Tolerance question
Hi folks, I have a small SharePoint farm with a single web front end with three web applications running on various ports. I have just added a second WFE to the farm and notice that the second WFE does not contain the IIS directories for each of the web applications (only default 80).This kind of implies that all requests through the second WFE are being forwarded back to the first server which kind of means the setup is not fault tolerant. I am thinking of implementing network load balancing, but it is a bit pointless if the system relies on only one WFE.How does one ensure that each web application is configured on both WFEs so that I can take one off for maintenance and still leave the system operational. Does one just extend each web application to the new machine and specify the same port number ?CheersAndy
February 11th, 2010 1:57am

It seems that you have not configured the other server as second WFE.Navigate to Central admin ->operations->services on the server-> select the second WFE and make sure you start Windows SharePoint Services Web Application service once done, you will see all WEB APPS on the second WFE as well and will answer your question.Take care. Thanks!I LOVE MS..... Thanks and Regards, Kshitiz (Posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.)
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February 11th, 2010 2:38am

Thanks for that, THe second WFE is showing 'not configured'. Under the web app service, it has 'starting' but under the 'comment' column is a reference to the other (primary) WFE. I can see in IIS on the second WFE that it has created the application pools, but no virtual directories.edit: From the documentation I have found, I am making an assumption that the above WSS Web Application Service needs to be running on each WFE. The issue was that I needed to drop the second WFE out of the farm and re-add it again as it had somehow become unstable. After adding it back to the farm using the config wizard, teh WSS Web App and Email services showed up on the second WFE. All of the virtual directories were then created successfully.
February 11th, 2010 3:27am

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