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I'm asking the question to avoid disaster for when I actually do the work.

I'm planning to Add a new SP 2010 Web front end to my farm and decomission the old one.

My question is basically the following:

How do I transfer the Central Admin site from being hosted on the old server to the new server?

Is this a automated process?

Also, do I need to worry about reinstalling my custom WSPs on the newly added web front end?

Is there anything else I need to worry about or take care of?

This is a production environment, so no mistakes allowed. Thanks for prospective answers or suggestions.

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    > This is a production environment, so no mistakes allowed. You really should think about a staging farm. No comment/answer here on stackexange can replace that. Seriously, do testing!
    – AlexPoint
    Jul 7, 2011 at 8:27
  • I find I end up doing so much cowboy stuff as well, the clients dont have a test farm, dont know how to configure one and just expect it to go through smoothly.. I feel your pain Fox. I'm about to do a 2010 CA switcharoo myself
    – pigeon
    May 25, 2012 at 3:29

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(1) How do I transfer the Central Admin site from being hosted on the old server to the new server?

You do that via the SharePoint 2010 Products Configuration Wizard. Remove the CA from the old server, then add it (again via the wizard) to the new one.

Here it is explained in a little more detail: http://kirkbarrett.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/how-to-change-central-admin-host-in-sharepoint-2010/

(2) Do I need to worry about reinstalling my custom WSPs on the newly added web front end?

No, you don't. The solutions are uploaded to the farm, not locally to a WFE. Exceptions apply to GAC deployments or web.config changes. You should check for that.

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    I think its worth mentioning that point (2) is only valid if you are fortunate enough to be looking after a farm that adheres to good development practice. The reality is that a lot of installations suffer from a lack of centralised solution management, and its not uncommon for customisations to be deployed directly to the file system (SharePoint root / 14 folder). Before you do this I strongly advise checking your existing Web server and - as Alex suggested - TESTING! Jul 7, 2011 at 13:25

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