I have a server in a farm (App, wfe) where all my search components are running on a single server (App), what are the windows services (in services.msc) needs to be started?

If my search is scaled out like (Crawler on one server and indexer and query ) on other server, what are the services thats needs to be started the respective servers?


You should never be interacting with services.msc with regards to SharePoint Search (unless stopping it for patching purposes). If you deploy a particular Search role to a particular server, it will start the necessary services. There are only two Search services; the Host Controller service which monitors the SharePoint Search service.

  • Exactly! My patching literally screwed up my search. Initially i see those services only started on my App server, now i see them started on my WFE as well, i hosted search only on APP Server.. should i go head and turn them off? Jul 4 '18 at 19:22
  • I see, yes if you only have the components on the App server, then the Search Host Controller/SharePoint Search services would only need to be started on the App server. Jul 4 '18 at 19:23

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