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How to check if my SharePoint SQL server is a SharePoint web front end?

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The service which makes a SharePoint server web front end is Microsoft SharePoint Foundation Web Application service. If it is started in a server, it becomes web front end.

The services will be available in all servers. However, it is the status (started/stopped) which determines the role. That can be checked by going into CA->Application Management -> Service Applications -> Manage services on Server.

Reference: How do identify a web server from a an app server- SharePoint 2013 Farm

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