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You cannot install two sharepoint farm on single windows server. Unless you want to create the couple of VM on servers then you can do. Yes you can use single SQL server instance for multiple farm. This solutions is not recommended for the production farm
The only way you can do this is through Hyper-V where you create a virtual instance, install Windows Server 2012 and SharePoint Server 2013. They can use the same database server provided that you give them different database names, but the best option is to install the new SharePoint on a SQL Server instance of its own. Such as ...
SharePoint provides a Custom Action class, please read SP.UserCustomActionCollection Class. var context = new SP.ClientContext.get_current(); var list = context.get_web().get_lists().getByTitle("stackoverflow") var customAction = list.get_userCustomActions().add(); customAction.set_location('CommandUI.Ribbon.ListView'); var uiExtension = ...
WFE servers are there to cater all your requests and are exact replica of each other. If you remove one, your system will be slow in processing requests but it won't hamper the functionality.
The command below always helped me to take backup of entire farm. Backup-SPFarm -Directory C:\Backup -BackupMethod full -BackupThreads 10 -Force Source: here and here If you want a script which will take backup regularly, I'll suggest you to check this script. It's for SharePoint 2010 but I don't see any reason for it to not work with SharePoint ...
I know it's an old thread but for others benefit I'm going to attempt to answer your 2nd part of the question (which does not seem to be addressed directly). There should not be any downtime for just adding a new server to the farm. Thank you!
Depending in your requirements and how many servers in your farm, you can create a Search Service Application in Central Admin or through PowerShell. Since you mention you want a dedicated server you will probably have to use PowerShell for provisioning. I don't know your requirements for the 6 components of the SSA but this should help with the initial ...
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