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How to Tell if a SharePoint Installation is Standalone or Farm

February 9, 2012

This is oddly useful information when you start to run into a situation where you’d like to scale a SharePoint server, but find nuances that it may be a standalone installation.

Look in the registry under:

"HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\Web Server Extensions\14.0\WSS"

There will be an entry for "ServerRole" which will tell you the installation type


Farm Stand Alone – WFE

Farm Complete – APPLICATION

Thanks to this forums post:

2 Responses

  1. John says:

    Great! Just what I needed!

  2. Pratap says:

    Thanks buddy !!! If it has been explained with the meaning of WFE, APPLICATION and SINGLESERVER that could be superb

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