I have successfully configured a SharePoint farm of 4 nodes but I got intermittent database connection failure errors. I have to restart SharePoint services and IIS to fix the database errors. Mostly these are SSPI errors but sometimes the error message just says "unable to connect to config database".
In SharePoint configuration I went to "Application Management -> Check Services Enabled in this Farm" and it shows me two warnings. I am wandering if the second warning has anything to do with these intermittent database errors. And, I want to know how can I solve these warnings.
Service: Office SharePoint Server Search
Issue: The search service is using an account assigned to the Farm Administrators group to crawl content for Shared Services Provider SharedServices2. The crawl will include documents that are not published.
Impact: Search results for Shared Services Provider SharedServices2 may contain documents that are not published.
Service:Web Front Ends
Issue:Web Front End servers in the server farm are not consistent in the services they run.
Impact:Users may have intermittent failures while trying to access Web pages in this server farm.
Thanks for your reply. I understand about the first warning and I just left it as it is. However, same set of services are running on each WFE not sure what is different let me show you what is running no each server.
Under the link "Servers in Farm":
mail server Windows SharePoint Services Outgoing E-Mail WFE1 Incoming Mail, Windows SharePoint Services Web Application WFE2 Incoming Mail, Windows SharePoint Services Web Application WFE3 Central Administration Excel Calculation Services Office SharePoint Server Search Windows SharePoint Services Help Search Windows SharePoint Services Incoming E-Mail Windows SharePoint Services Web Application WFE4 Windows SharePoint Services Database
Now I've again configured the SharePoint Farm as per your instructions but still getting the same warning. Please let me know if I am running any extra or wrong service on any of the machine.
xxx Windows SharePoint Services Outgoing E-Mail QCTest1 Windows SharePoint Services Database QCTEST10 Office SharePoint Server Search *Note QCTest10 is the application server (Query and Index server) QCTEST11 Central Administration Excel Calculation Services Windows SharePoint Services Help Search Windows SharePoint Services Incoming E-Mail Windows SharePoint Services Web Application QCTEST7 Windows SharePoint Services Incoming E-Mail Windows SharePoint Services Web Application *NOTE: QCTEST7 is dedicated for Crawler as well. QCTEST8 Windows SharePoint Services Incoming E-Mail Windows SharePoint Services Web Application
The first thing to consider is whether you really do have services running on some WFEs but not others. This will clearly cause problems as SharePoint expects this to be consisent, since whatever load balancer you use for WFEs has no awareness of any differences.
Check the 'Services on Server' page (/_admin/Server.aspx), and toggle the Server dropdown between your WFE nodes. Look for any differences in the running services, and resolve.
Your first warning should also be dealt with - the crawl account should not be a farm administrator.
In an number of situations I've have had minor differences with the Web Front Ends without the db connection errors you mentioned. The validation message is just a means to warn you that you configuration may have problems, and from looking at the services on WFE 3 I would tend to agree.
As Chris mentioned, you really want to configure the Index server as an "app server" versus a Web Front End. You may want to bring up a 4th server to move the Index Server role to it.
In a few environments I've had a load balancer in front of n WFEs and then I have another web front end not behind the load balancer that runs CA and maybe Excel Calc Services. In this case I'll see the message about services not being consistent.
Here is a good link for understanding the roles: http://www.sharepointjoel.com/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?List=0cd1a63d-183c-4fc2-8320-ba5369008acb&ID=174
Lastly, the search account. You want it to be a domain account with read access to the databases, not an admin account. An admin account will prevent the security trimming from happening properly.
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