We have our original multisite cluster with site1 and site2. It will be decommissioned in 6 months when all of its indexes expire.
We built a new multisite cluster: should it be site 3 and site4? I think it should be, so that our search head cluster will be able to search both clusters.
i think that regardless its better to play it safe and give the new sites the numbers 3 and 4, unless you are considering moving data, which seems not to be the case here.
having said that, the SH relay on the Indexer Cluster Master to identify the relevant indexers to search from. meaning, considering you have a new Cluster Master, it is safe to have the new sites as site1 and site2 since they are connected to a new Cluster Master.
if you have a Monitoring Console (MC / DMC) you can review which indexer cluster (and sites) belong to each Cluster Master
Hope it helps
We did a test at end of day yesterday with site1/2 and site 1/2, but the search head couldn't search the new site1/2 indexers. We're going to test more today, but I think I agree that site 3/4 is safer.
are you using the same Cluster Master for the new Multisite Cluster?
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Using site3/4 for the new cluster does work either.
Cluster Master -> site1 Cluster Peer -> site1 Cluster Peer -> site2
Cluster Master -> site3 Cluster Peer -> site3 Cluster Peer -> site3 Cluster Peer -> site4 Cluster Peer -> site4
We'll keep testing today.
do you have search affinity enabled?
if you do, disable it.
also, are you using a separate Indexer Cluster Master for new Multisite Cluster?
did you connect the Search Head/s to the new Cluster Master?
Yes, we did both of those things. We started by testing on a single search head and that was successful yesterday, so we're actually pointing the rest of the SHC there right now. I'm really happy with how it's working.
After a little more testing today, we have search working against both indexer clusters with site1 - site4.