I need to create multiple CM Servers (behind Load Balancer) in Azure VM. I have gone through the scaling guidelines mentioned at:

https://doc.sitecore.net/developers/scaling-guide/scaling-scenarios/scale-horizontally/index.html#multiple-content-management-instances

But there are no instructions to create single point of publishing (i.e. only one CMS can do the publishing) as mentioned in old scaling guide at: https://sdn.sitecore.net/upload/sitecore7/70/scaling_guide_sc70_a4.pdf (Page 28)

So my question is, is single point of publishing is still applicable with Sitecore 9 or not?

Thanks, Nicks

A) Using Publishing Service

Sitecore 9 has XM services and only service currently available is Publishing Service. As you are using Sitecore 9, I would definitely go with this Publishing Service which is best option in scaled CMS setup.

Take a look here for further details: https://doc.sitecore.net/developers/server-role-configuration-reference/xm-service-roles/publishing-service.html

Here is the download page for Sitecore 9 compatible Publishing Service: https://dev.sitecore.net/Downloads/Sitecore_Publishing_Service/31/Sitecore_Publishing_Service_31_Initial_Release.aspx

Take a look on Installation Guide: https://dev.sitecore.net/~/media/B54F1A3A1BAA4B0C8DF5B41C893670F2.ashx

B) Without Publishing Service

When you do not want to use Publishing Service (and opt for old fashioned way :)) follow these doc articles:

  1. Configuration for CM servers - https://doc.sitecore.net/developers/server-role-configuration-reference/core-roles/content-management/index.html#configure-multiple-cm-servers

  2. Configuration for CD servers - https://doc.sitecore.net/developers/server-role-configuration-reference/core-roles/content-delivery.html#configure-multiple-cd-servers

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