SharePoint 2010 – Migrating Search Admin to Different Servers in the Farm

Recently one of the farms I work with got some additional servers joined to the farm. Rather than provisioning another WFE, we were expanding some of the back-end capacity. The Search Admin was running on a WFE, and we wanted to move search off to some dedicated servers. Here is the PowerShell script for moving Search Admin:

$SSA = Get-SPEnterpriseSearchServiceApplication "Current Search Service App"
$SA = Get-SPEnterpriseSearchAdministrationComponent -SearchApplication $SSA
$SA | Set-SPEnterpriseSearchAdministrationComponent -SearchServiceInstance NewServerName –Force

After moving the Search Admin you’ll want to kick start the crawlers with the following:

Suspend-SPEnterpriseSearchServiceApplication $SSA
Resume-SPEnterpriseSearchServiceApplication $SSA

And as easy as that you can move search admin off to a new server!

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