How does the Search Service application Topology work in SharePoint 2016? I'm planning on having 2 search server, does that mean when I create the service application, I will be running all the search components (Crawl, Query, Index) on those Search Minrole servers only?

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True! When you created a farm using minrole, your search severs will run the following (search) services:

  • Search Administration Web Service
  • Search Host Controller Service
  • Search Query and Site Settings Service
  • SharePoint Server Search

No other server will run any other search service, meaning that the entire search topology will run on those two search servers.

See: Description of MinRole and associated services in SharePoint Server 2016

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