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SharePoint 2016 Central Admin: System Settings – Manage Servers in this Farm

Manage Servers in this Farm (direct Link http://centraladmin-url/_admin/FarmServers.aspx)

When you click on the Manager Servers in this Farm Link Under the System Settings, you will be landed on Server in Farm this Page.

Scenario: This is multi Server SharePoint Farm, which contains 2 SharePoint Servers (Custom role and Front-End with DC), One Database Server and One Exchange Server.

On this page you will get the following Information.

  • Configuration Database Version (SharePoint Version)
  • Configuration Database Server (What is the DB server name on which Config DB provisioned)
  • Configuration Database Name (This will tell what is Config db of SharePoint Farm)
  • List of Servers, this list will give you following information
    • Server Name (it will list all the servers i.e. SharePoint Servers, SQL Server, Exchange? SMTP server)
    • SharePoint Product Installed (what SharePoint version installed on SharePoint Server)
    • Role (What is the role of Server, SharePoint MinRole etc)
    • Complaint (If the SharePoint Server is complaint with the MinRole)
    • Service Running (it will list all the services running on each server, from here you can tell which Server is being used for what. I.e. you will see Microsoft SharePoint Foundation Database service running on KF-SQL that’s mean it is Database Server for the Farm.)
    • Status (This column will tell you status of the Server, whether Update required or not. If no update required then status will be “no Action Required”, otherwise it will say Upgrade available or update required.).

Remove Server

It is not recommended to remove the Server from this method, Only if you are unable to remove the server from other methods( use psconfig wizard on the server and disconnect it from farm).This option usually used to remove the orphan servers.

On this page, you can also get the option to Remove Server. To remove a server from farm then follow the below steps.

  • Make Sure your Account is Farm admin along with Local admin rights on server
  • Click on the Remove Server link infront of the server which you want remove
  • Click Ok on the Warning Pop-Up.

  • Once processing completed then this server will be gone from farm.
  • Now uninstall the SharePoint from that server (if it is SharePoint server).

Note: you can’t remove a Database Server from farm if that is the only DB server attached to farm.

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