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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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2 Responses to “Adding additional servers”

  1. AK said

    Hi,
    I tried to add a new server in the farm, but on Central Admin, ii see the addition server as not configured, and the services in in Starting mode, and seems to be stuck .

    Any Advice

    • AK,

      hmmm … no, sorry – doesn’t ring a bell. I’d probably remove the server from the farm and rejoin it again.

      Also, check that the version is the same as the rest of the farm and that the server type is correct.

      Cheers,
      Christian

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