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SharePoint 2016 Central Admin: System Settings – Convert server role in this farm

Convert server role in this farm (direct Link http://centraladmin-url/_admin/RoleConversion.aspx)

Note: You should be login with Farm administrator with local admin on the server, otherwise this option will not visible.

When you click on the Convert server role in this farm Link, you will be landed on Role Conversion. This page will give you the information about the Server along with current role.

This farm consists of 2 SharePoint servers and both servers listed on the page with their current role. Following information, you will see.

  • Server: Name of the Server, all the server in the farm will be listed here.
  • Current Role: This will tell the current role of the server i.e. Custom, Front-End with Distributed Cache, Application Server etc.
  • New Role: in this column, you will get an option change the role of server from current to whatever you select. In dropdown you will see all the available Roles. Like this

As I mentioned earlier, we can change the Role of the server from this page. Krossfarm decide to change the KF-SP1 Server role from Front-End with Distributed Cache to Custom Role.

In order to change the role of server, please follow these steps.

  • Make sure you are login with Farm admin account with local admin on the server
  • Now Click on the Drop-Down next to the KF-SP1 server and Click Custom role.
  • Like this
  • Now Click on Apply

  • Wait for Couple of Minutes. “ This Shouldn’t take long”

  • Once it successfully complete you will get this message “Operation Completed Successfully”
  • Click OK, now you can see the KF-SP1 Role Changed to Custom Role from Front-End with Distributed Cache.


Note: You have to keep in mind couple of things,

  • With the release of November CU (Feature Pack 1), SharePoint include a pre-validation role conversion. Pre-validation checks if the server is ready for the conversion, in case it is not ready it will display the appropriate message.
  • You have to do extra work for the Distributed Cache Role and Search Server role.
  • This will cause the outage for the server on which you are changing the role.
  • You have to schedule the down time.
  • Service on the server will be impacted with role change as new role configure new set of services and stop the old set of services. This is totally depending upon the role you select.
  • To get more information about the services associated with the role, check this technet: MinRole and associated services for each server role

See Also:

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



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