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Archive for August, 2008

Quick Tip: Moving the Central Administration web site

Posted by Christian Dam on August 27, 2008

Normally, the advise is to use the SharePoint Product and Technologies Configuration Wizard to move the Central Administration web site. It works fine when both the new and old server are online. However, if the old server hosting Central Administration has crashed, moving the Central Administration web site to a new server using the Wizard often result in the incorrect references to the old Central Adminstration URL.

So, instead of using the wizard you can use the following commands:

On the old server (if it is available):

Psconfig -cmd adminvs -unprovision

On the new server:

Psconfig -cmd adminvs -provision -port <port> -windowsauthprovider onlyusentlm

Psconfig is located in C:\Program Files\Common Files\Microsoft Shared\Web Server Extensions\12\bin – also known as the 12-hive.

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Adding additional servers

Posted by Christian Dam on August 27, 2008

I have previously blogged about how to add additional servers into a server farm. However, since then adding additional servers can be tricky, especially with the different hotfixes, service packs, and infrastructure updates available. I recommend to bring the new server up to the same level as the existing servers before running the Wizard to join the server to the existing farm.

Today, I faced the task of adding a new server to an existing MOSS farm with SP1 and the infrastructure update installed. Here’s how I did it:

  1. Installed the operating system etc so it macthed the other servers in the farm
  2. Installed MOSS without running the Wizard at the end
  3. Applied MOSS/WSS SP1 without running the Wizard at the end (actually SP1 was slipstreamed into the MOSS installation)
  4. Applied the Infrastructure Update for WSS without running the Wizard at the end
  5. Applied the Infrastructure Update for MOSS
  6. Ran the Wizard to join the server to the existing farm

It worked for me. Anybody have different experiences?

In case you wonder which update packages you need there is a great list of post-SP1 update packages and version numbers here. You can find the version numbers of the existing farm through the Servers in Farm page in Central Administration.

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