We had created a SharePoint 2016 farm using Minrole, before the release of Feature Pack 1. This farm contains 4 servers - one WebFrontEnd, Application, distributed cache and search server. For High Availability, we require to add shared roles with 2 more servers. We have now installed Feature Pack 1 and 2. However while joining a new server to this existing farm, I do not see the new shared roles such as WebFrontEndWithDistributedCache and ApplicationWithSearch. We need to add the new servers with shared roles. Could you suggest a solution for this issue..?

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Is FP2 installed on the new servers you have not yet joined? This would be a requirement.

  • This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post. - From Review Jan 3, 2020 at 16:03
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    Yes, it does. You must install it on the new servers prior to joining the farm, which is what my answer indicated. Thanks.
    – user6024
    Jan 3, 2020 at 16:04
  • As Trevor stated the new servers need to be on the same patch level / CU / FP as the existing farm, before you join them to the existing farm. Jan 3, 2020 at 17:44
  • Three main points to note: 1) The original farm was created using SharePoint 2016 RTM. It was later updated with FP 1 and FP 2. 2) A new server needed to be added to the Farm. This server was updated with FP 1 and FP 2 and then while attempting to join to the existing farm, it does not show the option of the new shared roles such as WebFrontEndWithDistributedCache and ApplicationWithSearch
    – devsiva
    Jan 6, 2020 at 4:41
  • 3) If I go to the central admin of the existing farm, Under Change roles, I do see the default options of Web Front End, Distributed cache, Search Server, Application, Custom but not able to see "WebFrontEndWithDistributedCache" and "applicationWithSearch".
    – devsiva
    Jan 6, 2020 at 4:42

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