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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?

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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? – Achiever SP 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. – Trevor Seward Jul 4 '18 at 19:23

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