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SharePoint: How to check the SharePoint Installation Type – Standalone or Farm


I have just been given a client’s development workstation virtual machine to deploy a full SharePoint solution to before developing some updates on it. As I needed to make extensive use of the User Profile Service and Managed Properties for search, I wanted to make sure I was working on a full farm install rather than a standalone installation to try to avoid any problems where the environments are not similar enough to the production environment.

I asked the person who setup the machine but it was so long ago when it was setup he had forgotten, although he thought it might be a full farm install.

It wasn’t long before he came back to me and told me how to identify what kind of installation was used. He found the solution in a discussion thread.

The solution is to launch the Registry Editor (regedit.exe) and check for the Server Role at the following location depending on the SharePoint version:

  • SharePoint 2007: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\Web Server Extensions\12.0\WSS\ServerRole
  • SharePoint 2010: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\Web Server Extensions\14.0\WSS\ServerRole
  • SharePoint 2013: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\Web Server Extensions\15.0\WSS\ServerRole

The possible values are as follows:

  • SINGLESERVER – means this is a standalone / single server installation
  • APPLICATION – means this is an application server on a full farm installation (could also include the web front end role as well if multiple roles are used)
  • WFE – means this is a web front-end server on a full farm installation
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