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I am seeing multiple Managed Metadata Web Services in my farm and am not sure what to make of it. I was expecting to see one instance why are there others?

    Get-SPServiceInstance | ?{$_.TypeName -like 'Managed*'}

    TypeName                         Status   Id
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Managed Metadata Web Service     Disabled 440e5f9e-09d5-4c61-926b-160053e56cce
Managed Metadata Web Service     Disabled 32e11b2a-14a9-4edb-9631-3f6a41595ecb
Managed Metadata Web Service     Online   abf0af96-9531-4495-8108-cd15a68684ae
Managed Metadata Web Service     Online   209f0218-b50d-4cc3-bfa6-0c2f6bc3e096
Managed Metadata Web Service     Disabled 22d0f10f-9922-4362-9e38-d6e5578ed4b7
Managed Metadata Web Service     Disabled 125193fb-484e-4751-9e97-fe146a9e81c3
Managed Metadata Web Service     Disabled 88275971-aa58-42cb-9801-2399f3cea2a0
Managed Metadata Web Service     Disabled 471122eb-02b3-40d3-881a-c46201502dfd
Managed Metadata Web Service     Disabled 64b802be-7273-4896-90c2-2fbd1f8f69ca
Managed Metadata Web Service     Disabled 1f56e162-97ab-4862-b6d3-71d4574cbbd2
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Why are two online? Do they represent each server running Managed Metadata Web Service? –  ChiliYago Aug 1 '11 at 21:22
    
Is this a production environment? Looks like someone have been practicing honing their PowerShell skills on it :) –  Anders Rask Aug 1 '11 at 21:43
    
There appears to be one instance per server in the farm. As the service is started/stopped from Central Admin I can see it changed on this report. Is this normal? –  ChiliYago Aug 1 '11 at 21:56
    
I think it may be normal. Just looking at some confirmation from the community. Thanks –  ChiliYago Aug 1 '11 at 22:00
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How many servers belong to your farm? SharePoint installs on every server an instance of a service by default. So, if you have as many service instances as servers then it is normal. And for the status of a service instance: Online means running. You can manage the service instances under Application Management -> Manage services on server in the Central Administration of your farm.

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Yes thank you. That is what I seeing as well. –  ChiliYago Aug 2 '11 at 20:31
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