Hi i deployed a sharepoint 2016 single server farm in a windows server 2016 server and after can i change this farm to multiple enter image description hereserver farm ? to add front end server role?

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Yes , you can convert MinRole from Signle-Server farm to multiple-server farm , for example ,you can convert it to Front-end role .

  1. Remote to this server .
  2. Open SharePoint central admin page and click system settings .
  3. Click Convert server role in this farm.
  4. On the Role Conversion page, in the New Role area, click the drop-down box to select the new server role for this server to change.
  5. Click Apply.

You can also using PowerShell to change the role .

Set-SPServer -Identity -Role

Therefore, you can add another server in this farm, just make sure another server is on the same version with this one .

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt790700(v=office.16).aspx https://www.computerworld.com/article/3039438/it-management/building-your-sharepoint-server-2016-farm-using-minroles.html


Yes. You are free to change the role (either via Central Admin or The Management Shell).

I believe you need to change it out of single-role in order to add other servers into the farm.


You cannot add it with your current role (single-Server farm).

  1. you have to change the server role from single-server to any of above( i would go with custom). You can change it via power shell or using the central admin

    Set-SPServer -Identity -Role

  2. Now you can add as many servers as you want.Make sure new server is on same version level as existing server is. https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc261752(v=office.16).aspx

  • sarwar i have the below scenario: We have a SP 2016 single server farm where SharePoint and SQL are installed in the same machine. only 1 site collection exists in the farm and due to recent increase in team size, we are facing performance and site availability issues. I would like to increase the servers in the farm. What is the best/recommended approach?
    – George
    Jul 17, 2019 at 17:14
  • do you want to move the databases to new sql server as well? what other services you are using?
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Jul 17, 2019 at 17:29
  • No, I'm fine having the SQL server in the same machine. Just search is running.
    – George
    Jul 17, 2019 at 17:32
  • How many servers you are adding? what will be the role of current server? just DB server or both SharePoint and SQL on it?
    – Waqas Sarwar MVP
    Jul 17, 2019 at 17:41
  • Planning to add 2 more servers. Both with custom role acting as WFE+App+search
    – George
    Jul 17, 2019 at 17:48

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