I am trying to identify which server (name and ip address) hosts the FAST search. I can't seem to find server-specific information on either Central Administration (servers in farm, search, etc.) or using Get-SPEnterpriseSearchServiceApplication.

Ping/nslookup hits the load balancer so no luck there.

I don't have access to a list with all servers I don't know where to look.

I am hoping that this is a trivial question and I am just not looking in the right place.


  • which SharePoint Version?2010? all servers in the same farm? do you have access to manager servers in farm and services on server? – Waqas Sarwar MVP Apr 22 '15 at 13:55
  • SP2010. all servers in the same farm. can see servers and services. search server doesn't seem to be part of the farm servers. – Tiago Duarte Apr 22 '15 at 14:00
  • from servers in farm, can you see any server running the search services? also from central admin > Secuirty > Manage Trust....see if you have trust here..... – Waqas Sarwar MVP Apr 22 '15 at 14:03
  • manage trust has a few unrelated servers. search service is running on application servers but they don't seem to take me anywhere with the server name. – Tiago Duarte Apr 22 '15 at 14:08
  • ok, one more thing, from central admin > Appplciation management >Manage service applications...can you access the search service application's admin page – Waqas Sarwar MVP Apr 22 '15 at 14:13

This is the way I found to really know which server has FAST installed. (without opening each server one-by-one and checking for the FAST 2010 Server in installed programs)

  1. Browse one of the application servers
  2. Look for Install_Info.txt (default FAST configuration output file)
  3. Pray that someone copied it to one of the servers (and the server hasn't changed since)

There it is!

Query Service Location HTTP (default): http://FAST:11111

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Have you tried with PowerShell Get-SPServiceInstance?



Get-SPServiceInstance -Server ServerA

Reference: Get-SPServiceInstance

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  • I can get the "Server" property, but it contains the SharePoint server, not the search server/machine FQDN, where FAST is installed. (Get-SPServiceInstance | where-object {$_.TypeName -match " search"})[1] | select Server – Tiago Duarte Apr 22 '15 at 13:52

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