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I have a setup with two CM servers (I know, 3 would be better...) and want to designate one as the publishing/task server. I have read this question and answer Setting up multiple CM servers but my scenario is slightly different in that the CM servers use DFS to synch the file systems.

Must I disable DFS and use different configs for each server, or is it possible to use the same config on both servers (they are named CM01 and CM02):

<setting name="Publishing.PublishingInstance">
  <patch:attribute name="value">CM02</patch:attribute>
</setting>
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There is no need to disable the DFS. Because the Job Server (publishing/task) will mainly deals with Sitecore Items while the DFS is used for the files synchronization.

One thing to keep in mind is that when using the DFS, you will have a master server along with slave servers. So, file deployment should be performed on the Master Server so that it gets synchronized on the slave servers.

  • So do you confirm that it is harmless for the CM02 machine to have the Publishing.PublishingInstance setting set to itself. – Matthew Dresser Nov 29 '16 at 12:23
  • Yes. But just make sure that your scalability setting is setup properly. – Hishaam Namooya Nov 29 '16 at 12:25
  • The Scalability config will need to be different. The Instance Name (Different from PublishingInstance) must be different for each server. – Pete Navarra Nov 29 '16 at 13:17
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    @PeteNavarra AFAIK if the InstanceName field is left blank, then Sitecore defaults to Machine Name + IIS SiteName (see here newguid.net/sitecore/2012/…). – Matthew Dresser Nov 29 '16 at 13:31
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    Yep, you are correct. In that case you'll want to make sure your publishing instance also includes the appropriate machine name and iis sitename. I saw CM02 in the question thinking you needed to use custom instance names. =) – Pete Navarra Nov 29 '16 at 13:45

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