Sunday, August 30, 2015

SharePoint 2016 Installation IT Preview

Hi All,

SharePoint Server 2016 IT preview has launched on 24th Aug 2015 and this version comes with a lot new infrastructure capabilities and performance improvements. There are couple if useful links that you can follow:

1.       Here are the Hardware and software requirements for installing SharePoint Server 2016.
2.       Know issues with SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview

3.       What’s new in SharePoint 2016
a.       UI is same as SP2013
b.      Better mobile features
c.       InfoPath is supported.
d.      SharePoint Designer 2013 works with SP2016. 
e.      Workflow manager supported in SP2016.
f.        Sandboxed solutions supported in SP2016.
g.       Different roles while setting up SharePoint Server (WFE, Application, Distributed Cache, Search, Special load, Single Server)
h.      Major one: Content Databases seized to TBs and not GBs.
i.         100 K site collections per Content DB from 10K from SP2013.
j.        Max file size to 10 GB from 2 GB from SP2013.
k.       Improved distributed cache (App Fabric).  App Fabric is announced to be discontinued already as a standalone product but the product group will continue to support it as a component part of SharePoint.
l.         Improved directional sync with ADFIM (Forefront Identify Manager) product is removed from the SharePoint media (Install). Added support for external standalone FIM product\service.
m.    Microsoft Project Server 2016 (PWA) is now part of the SharePoint product but separate license.
n.      Added a new site collection template calledCompliance Policy Center”.
o.      Added a new Site collection template called “In-Place Hold Policy Center
p.      Introduced Fast Site Creation, SharePoint will leverage master copies for common site templates (I.e. STS0) to do a SPSite. Copy at the content DB level to speed up site collection creation. SP16 takes 1 seconds in contrast 40 seconds in SP13.
q.      Durable links
r.        Site Folders

My Setup is as follows:


1.       Operating System : Windows Server 2012 R2 (64 Bit)
2.       SQL Server: SQL Server Trail Version (64 Bit)
3.       SharePoint Server: SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview (64 bit)
4.       VM: VMWare Workstation 10 with 6 GB  RAM

Setting up SQL Server 2014 

The SQL Server setup is very similar which I have detailed in my previous blog. So I will just provide the required s

While setting up SQL Server 2014, I received the following above error.
Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1 is required. 

Essentially, the Windows Server 2012 R2 ISO has already has .NET FX 3.5 features. So, I changes my VM settings and switch back to Windows Server 2012 R2 ISO.
Checked .NET Framework 3.5 features are selected in the Add Roles and Features wizard as below


After a while the .NET Framework 3.5 features is configured in Windows Server 2012 R2 environment.   

The .NET FX 3.5 is installed successfully. 

I again load up SQL Server 2014 ISO to continue. 

In the Database Engine Configuration, add the current user i.e. contoso\administrator and add SharePoint installation account contoso\sp_admin as above screenshot. 

We need to grant SP_Admin (or SP_Install) account with above permissions on SQL Server Database. 

Installing SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview

Basically the SharePoint Server 2016 installation is quite similar to SharePoint Server 2013 and SharePoint Server 2010. However, there are couple of changes that I will walk-through in this step by step guide.  

Step1: Mount SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview. 
Step2: The Installation of SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview is very similar to SharePoint 2013 and 2010. It comes with software prerequisites and then we need to install the SharePoint Server.   

 Click Next to continue.

As previous version SharePoint 2013 requires multiple server reboots.The same multiple server happens in SharePoint 2016 server as well. With any server reboot the installation will pre-requisites run automatically.  After couple of reboots the following screen will be shown:

The Next step will configure SharePoint Server. For IT Preview the following product key can be used, NQTMW-K63MQ-39G6H-B2CH9-FRDWJ

Following default settings as shown: 

The SharePoint Product Wizard 

The SharePoint product configuration wizard shows the welcome screen page as shown:

 The following services may have to be started or reset during configuration:

Internet Information Services
SharePoint Administration Service
SharePoint Timer Service
Click Yes and proceed. 

The next screen shows how we connect to farm. As its our first farm, we select on Create a new server  farm. 

Our SharePoint Server farm is single server farm with SQL Server 2014 as back-end, provide the following settings

Database Server: SP16
Database name: SharePoint_FarmConfig

For the Database access account, the best practice is set this account as farm account. It will automatically grant permissions to SQL and timer job identity.      

Provide a strong Passphrase  

This following setting is the key differentiator. SharePoint 2016 comes with something called as Server role or   MinRoletopology. Basically, in previous versions of SharePoint, there is no clear role for a specific roles that SharePoint can be assigned to.

For an instance, Application and Front end can be same server in multiple server environment.If server has only Microsoft SharePoint Foundation Web Application it means its a Web Front End. 

Similarly, if you want to have a dedicated distributed cache server or a dedicated search server, you need to enabled the services manually to make the server DC or search server. 

In SharePoint 2016, we can install a specific role. In this way, it will install the what is required for each server role. It will make ensure that all SharePoint 2016 servers are compliant for that server role.    

For e.g. 

During the installation, you can build a new SharePoint Front-end server. This role will front-end will have all the necessary services applications, services & components that serve user requests and optimized for fast performance as shown below:

Similarly, you can have dedicated distributed cache role and SharePoint will provision all necessary services applications, services & components required for Distributed cache server as shown below. 

As I have setup a single -server farm, I chose Single-Server farm and click on Next to proceed.

The remaining steps are similar to SharePoint Server 2013 setup. So I will provide the screenshots

Provisioning a new web application and site collection is exactly same as in SP2013. However, SharePoint 2016 has two new site template

  • In-Place Hold Policy Center 
  • Compliance Policy Center

After creating a site collection, a document library Sync is provided. The Offline is provided by this functionality as shown:

Furthermore, for sharing document an mobile device is provided and clicking on the document, a QR is generated.

In Central Administration, click on Manage Server and you can two additional columns.
First is the Role which defines what type of is assigned to this server. A I created a Single-Server Farm, this option is listed.
Second is the In Compliance,  and SharePoint server has in-built rules if server is in compliance

Keep visiting the blog for more updates

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