Add a Web server to the farm

Applies To: Office SharePoint Server 2007

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Topic Last Modified: 2008-08-04

You can use this procedure to set up and deploy additional front-end Web servers in your Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 server farm.

Add a Web server to the SharePoint Products and Technologies farm

Use these procedures to install and configure Office SharePoint Server 2007 on a new Web server to be added to an existing SharePoint Products and Technologies server farm. If your SharePoint Products and Technologies administration includes preset configuration files, be sure to use the procedure for command-line installation.

Before you begin:

  • Verify that you know the name of the database server used for the farm you are connecting to.

  • Ensure that the server you are adding has the following installed software:

    • Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 (SP1) and an NTFS file system

    • The Microsoft .NET Framework version 3.0

    • Microsoft Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0 with ASP.NET 2.0 installed and enabled

The following procedures contain steps and settings specific to the job of creating and integrating a front-end Web server to your farm. For detailed prerequisites and installation instructions for SharePoint Products and Technologies, see Deploy in a simple server farm (Office SharePoint Server).

These procedures assume that there is already a front-end Web server in the farm that is running the SharePoint Central Administration Web site.


You must be a member of the Farm Administrators SharePoint group and the Administrators group on the local server computer to complete these procedures.

Add a Web server by using the user interface

  1. From the product disc or file share that contains the SharePoint Products and Technologies installation files, run Setup.exe.

  2. On the Enter your Product Key page, enter your product key, and then click Continue.


    Setup automatically verifies the product key, places a green check mark next to the text box, and enables the Continue button after it validates the key. If the key is not valid, Setup displays a red circle next to the text box and prompts you that the key is incorrect.

  3. On the Read the Microsoft Software License Terms page, review the terms, select I accept the terms of this agreement, and then click Continue.

  4. On the Choose the installation you want page, click Advanced. The Basic option is for stand-alone installations.

  5. On the Server Type tab, click Web Front End. The Stand-alone option is for stand-alone installations.

  6. Optionally, to participate in the Customer Experience Improvement Program, select the Feedback tab and select the option you want. To learn more about the program, click the link. You must have an Internet connection to view the program information.

  7. When you have chosen the desired options, click Install Now.

  8. When Setup finishes, a dialog box appears that prompts you to complete the configuration of your server. To use the configuration wizard, be sure that the Run the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration Wizard now check box is selected.

  9. Click Close to complete the installation.

  10. On the configuration wizard Welcome page, click Next.

    A message is displayed notifying you that Internet Information Services (IIS), the Windows SharePoint Services Administration service, and the Windows SharePoint Services Timer service may need to be restarted or reset during configuration. Click Yes to continue.

  11. On the Connect to a server farm page, select Yes, I want to connect to an existing server farm, and then click Next.

  12. On the Specify Configuration Database Settings page, in the Database server box, type the name of the database server used for the farm you are connecting to, and then click Retrieve Database Names.

  13. In the Database Name box, on the drop-down list, click the configuration database. This database is usually named SharePoint_Config.

  14. In the Specify Database Access Account section, type the user name and password to use to connect to Microsoft SQL Server, and then click Next.

  15. On the Completing the SharePoint Products and Technologies Configuration wizard page, verify the settings, and then click Next.

  16. On the Configuration Successful page, review your settings for the new Web server, and then click Finish.

Add a front-end Web server to the farm by using the command line

  1. Open a command prompt window, and then change to the disk or file share that contains the SharePoint Products and Technologies installation files.

  2. Type the following command, and then press ENTER:
    setup.exe /config \\<server name>\<folder name>\<configuration file name>


    When you run Setup.exe, you include a space after the command, followed by a forward slash (/) and the name of the switch, and sometimes followed by another space and one or more parameters. A setup configuration file is necessary when installing SharePoint Products and Technologies from the command line. You may need to choose from several different configuration files depending on the type of server you are installing. Be sure to choose the configuration file that will result in a front-end Web server. For more information about Setup.exe parameters, see Setup.exe command-line reference (Office SharePoint Server).

  3. After installation is complete, change to the following directory to begin configuration:
    %COMMONPROGRAMFILES%\Microsoft Shared\Web server extensions\12\bin

  4. Type the following command, and then press ENTER:
    psconfig –cmd configdb –connect –server <database server name> -database <database name>

    where <database name> is the name of the configuration database for the SharePoint Products and Technologies server farm that you want to connect to.

See Also


Manage servers in the farm
Add an application server to the farm
Add a dedicated query server to the farm
Add an index server to the farm
Add a database server to the farm
Configure existing servers in the farm
Set up a multiple farm topology
Remove a server from the farm
Install language template packs
Uninstall Office SharePoint Server 2007