How to Tell if a SharePoint Installation is Standalone or Farm

Written by MMMan on. Posted in SharePoint

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:

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Colin is a two-time SharePoint MVP and Consultant with over 15 years’ experience from both an information technology and software development background. He’s spent the past several years in the world of SharePoint, and has been involved with various software and infrastructure projects throughout his career.

Comments (1)

  • John


    Great! Just what I needed!


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