Shared Services Between Farms

So let’s say that you have multiple SharePoint farms but want to search across them… enter “Shared Services Between Farms”. In this scenario you set one farm to be the provider and a second farm to be the consumer. The provider farm shares it’s Shared Service Provider with the consumer farm allowing you to associate one of your consumer farm’s web applications with one of the provider farms Shared Service Proviers.

Let’s get started…

Setting up the Provider Farm

  1. Browse to Central Administration on your Main Farm
  2. Select “Application Management”
  3. Under “Office SharePoint Server Shared Services” select “Grant or configure shared services between farms”
  4. Select “This farm will provide shared services to other farms”
  5. Select your SSP in the drop down list
  6. Add in your Application Pool Account
  7. Click “OK”

Setting up the Consumer Farm

  1. Browse to Central Administration on your Main Farm
  2. Select “Application Management”
  3. Under “Office SharePoint Server Shared Services” select “Grant or configure shared services between farms”
  4. Select “This farm will consume shared services from another farm”
  5. Enter the database server of your Main (Provider) farm
  6. Enter the database name of the Configuration Database for the Main (Provider) farm
  7. Click “OK”
  8. Select “Shared Services Administration” from the Quick Launch
  9. Click “Change Associations” in the toolbar
  10. Select the SSP in the drop down, it should have (Parent) in the name
  11. Select the web applications that you would like to promote to the Provider farm
  12. Click “OK”
  13. Now go back to the Shared Service Provider of the Main (Provider) farm and set up your content source for your web application that you promoted just as if it was part of your local farm! Very handy!
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