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This presentation reviews SharePoint Server 2016 features, including what's new, removed, and updated from previous releases of SharePoint.
SharePoint Server 2016
Architecture, Administration, and All That
Over a Decade of SharePoint Experience
Office Services and Server MVP
SharePoint MSDN/TechNet Forums Moderator
Release Date Dec 3rd, 2016 (
Hardware? Pretty much the same as SharePoint Server 2013.
SQL Server 2014 SP1 minimum. SQL Server 2016 is supported.
Windows Server 2012 R2 minimum. Windows Server 2016 is supported.
BI Components – SQL Server 2016 only.
Sites in V15 mode. V14.5 not supported.
Zero downtime patching
Extensible App Add-in Launcher
Large List Improvements
Compliance Policy Center
BI stuff moved to Office Online Server
Project Server 2016
Task Aggregation (Work Management Service)
SharePoint Foundation (for now)
Shared Roles (Feature Pack 1)
DistributedCache + WebFrontEnd
Application + Search
Design inspired by SharePoint Online; SharePoint at scale.
Non-MinRole Enabled Services – how to manage?
DistributedCache is required.
Zero Downtime Patching
This isn’t Linux. There’s downtime.
No schema updates (most of the time)
Don’t rely on farm build number!
… Use a script instead
Two Patch Files:
Sts (language independent)
You need both!
Long Installs? Problem solved…
Site Masters allow quick provisioning of Site Templates.
Stored on a per-Content Database basis.
Which templates are supported?
Get-SPSiteMaster –ContentDatabase DbName
New-SPSiteMaster –ContentDatabase –Template YYY#NN –Language 1033
Just how big can your uploads get?
Try 2.14748365 PB (Int32.MaxValue for the dev folk).
But recommended no more than 10GB.
Not meant for your ISO collection.
Still a maximum of 2GB per extension, if specified.
User Profile Synchronization Service
No more UPSS!
But there’s still a Sync database.
AD Import, still available, but limited as always.
Microsoft Identity Manager, what is it, and what features does it add?
Easy config via PowerShell available from GitHub
The List View Threshold Problem…
Indexes are automatically created by a timer job for Lists >= 2500 items (by default).
Other hidden engineering improvements to prevent lock escalation.
Compliance Policy Center, for Administrators
There can only be one!
Sets the PolicyCenterUrl property bag.
SQL Server… Which one?
Database Engine doesn’t really matter for SharePoint, given it is a supported version.
SQL Server 2016 Database Engine improved log transport performance.
SQL Server 2014 with SP1+ is still viable!
SharePoint Server 2016 requires SQL Server 2016 for the BI stack (SSRS, PowerPivot, Power View).
Most of the “cool” new SSRS functionality is not available in SSRS SharePoint Integrated mode. HTML5, Power BI, mobile require SSRS Native Mode.
PowerPivot/Power View continue to use Silverlight.
While SSAS 2014 in PowerPivot mode can be used with SharePoint Server 2016, SSAS 2016 is recommended for Excel 2016 client compatibility (Power Query, DAX functions…).
Upgrade from the “bottom up” on the BI stack (Databases -> SSAS -> OOS -> SharePoint -> SharePoint BI components).
Workbooks as data sources require KCD between SharePoint and OOS.
Now part of the base binaries.
Create Service Application/start Service Instance just like before.
Sites, for now, must be created with PWA#0 Site Template.
Enable-SPFeature PWASite …
Project Database doesn’t exist. Schema is part of the Content Database.
Office Online Server
Installation pretty much identical to Office Web Apps 2013 (WAC).
System requirements pretty much the same, too…
Patching process is identical. Patch and rebuild!
A script for that…
Takes over Excel Services from SharePoint. All of the stuff you could do before you can still do, for the most part. Some administration functionality removed (e.g. Trusted Sites).
Kerberos Delegation uses OOS machine account (e.g. OOS01$) instead of dedicated Service Account.
Very similar to SharePoint Server 2013 hybrid… Search, Sites, and OD4B.
Adds Delve and Video Portal tiles (requires Sites/OD4B Hybrid).
Extensible Add-in Launcher
Tiles come from Office 365 (“Organization Profile”) when using hybrid and/or a SharePoint List as of Feature Pack 1.
Feature Pack 1
Administrative Actions Logging
Local App Launcher Tiles
OneDrive for Business UX Improvements
New Shared MinRoles
Unified Auditing for SharePoint Server 2016 and Office 365
Unified Taxonomy between SharePoint Server 2016 and SharePoint Online
OneDrive API 2.0
Search Service Application indexing size increased to 500 million items per SSA
Sensitive Content Types/DLP
SMTP over TLS for secure outbound email
Recently Shared Items
Fast Site Collection Creation
File Name Support for Additional Characters
Illegal characters: ? < > # % / \
Force TLS 1.2 support. Consider this mandatory in new implementations, with exceptions.
Small to medium standard-use farm:
2 FEs, also running Distributed Cache. These should be RAM top-heavy
2 Apps, also running Search. May require less RAM, depending on Search index size
2 SQL Servers, AlwaysOn AG (requires SQL Enterprise). SQL Clustering as the cheaper alternative
2 Office Online Servers (or more)
3 Workflow Manager servers, where applicable. In a majority of cases, run this on 2 App + 1 FE
SSL everywhere! It is possible to intercept and impersonate Oauth2 tokens over HTTP
Upgrade from the “bottom up” on the