trying again. I have a SharePoint 2013 farm with 2 WFEs, 1 SQL server, no load balancers, many 2013 and 2010 desinger workflows.

I want the workflows to keep workinf if any of the 2 WFEs dies.

How can this be achieved?

Please note that at this stage none of the WFEs are connected to a Workflow Manager Farm, as I had removed both and I am not managing to connect them back either.

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WFM requires 1, 3, or 5 servers (5 given you're running the latest CU). 2 is an invalid topology.

You need to install WFM on 3 servers and put the endpoint behind a load balancer.

  • to add what Trevor says the way you can achieve 3 server farm without extra servers is to put the 3rd one in the app server. I have created this kind config for my QA system which is works fine. For PROD we decided to co-host only on FE servers and we have 3 FE servers each with node of WFM. We have increased the amount of processors for PROD to 6 to keep with min requirements (4 processors for SP and 2 processors for WFM) if you use this kind of config you need to keep an eye on performance counters to ensure none of your servers is an bottleneck. Mar 4, 2019 at 9:05
  • Hi Marek, my two WFEs are 2 App servers, I re-installed my workflow manager on 1 WFE and republished the workflows, however now if this server is down, workflows wont work of course. Can you elaborate on how I can achieve the 3-server farm on my 2 WFEs please?
    – Saz Mifsud
    Mar 4, 2019 at 12:33
  • Note that FEs shouldn't host WFM for performance reasons. WFM is a batch process thus should reside on either dedicated or backend SharePoint servers.
    – user6024
    Mar 4, 2019 at 17:55

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