What are MinRole topologies and what is the best practice to configure topologies in SharePoint 2016? What are the differences between front end servers and Distributed Cache servers?

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Without using the Custom MinRole, MinRole High Availability will require a minimum of 9 servers; 3 Distributed Cache, 2 Web Front Ends, 2 Search, and 2 Application Servers. Licensing and hardware availability will determine what topology you will pick; this will determine the route for 'best practice'. I suspect many companies will continue to use a Custom role, provisioning services manually.

Distributed Cache servers run DC, while FEs run a variety of services, including the Foundation Web service (DCs also run this, but you shouldn't use them as FEs using the dedicated MinRole).

MinRole Overview

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