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How do you indicate that a server role is just WFE (without Central Admin role) from the XML

Topics: General Questions
Feb 22, 2014 at 10:37 PM
Hi all,
My understanding is that the server you are running the autoSPInstaller batch file from will become the initial WFE of the server as you create the farm. (I could be wrong here). However, if you do run this from a server other than SP Farm machines (but can communicate to those), how do you then indicate in the AutoSPInstaller XML that a server role is another WFE (not even including Central Admin role that is).

Happy to clarify my confusion. Appreciate any input!

Feb 26, 2014 at 7:14 PM
That's not quite correct. The server "roles" are quite loosely defined and fluid in fact, but whether a server is a classic WFE or not is controlled by the following element in the XML:
            <!-- As a general rule FoundationWebApplication - Start should never be set to "false", only either "true" for all servers, or a comma-delimited list of specific WFE servers.
                 *Note* if you want to remotely install dedicated WFEs in your farm (i.e. RemoteInstall Enable="true") you should name the servers here, in a comma separated list - e.g. Start="WFE1,WFE2,WFEx" -->
            <FoundationWebApplication Start="true" />
If this is set to "true", then ALL servers will effectively be WFEs, but if you specify one or more server names here, then only those servers will be WFEs (i.e. have the Foundation Web Application service started).