What do you need to run SharePoint 2016?

In this article we are going to cover some important things, you need to know about system requirements, configuration and scenarios for planning and running SharePoint Server 2016.
– MinRole feature. With the help of this new feature SharePoint farm administrators can now define each server’s role in a farm topology. When you select a role, SharePoint automatically configures the services on the chosen server based on the respective server role.
– Standalone Farm Installations. The option for a standalone installation on a single server is no longer available in SharePoint Server 2016. The SharePoint administrators now must separately install and prepare Microsoft SQL Server to be included as a SharePoint Single-Server Farm.

Below are few sets of System Requirements for SharePoint 2016:



If you are considering the upgrade from SharePoint 2010 or SharePoint 2013, these are the tips you should keep in mind during this process:

  • To upgrade from SharePoint Server 2010, you should first upgrade to SharePoint 2013 and then to SharePoint 2016.
  • To upgrade SharePoint Server 2013 to SharePoint Server 2016, you need to make sure that you first upgrade the SharePoint Server 2013 Site Collections that are still using SharePoint 2010 mode to SharePoint 2013 mode.
  • To upgrade from SharePoint Server 2013 to SharePoint Server 2016 you can either perform an in-place upgrade, or apply the database-attach method as described below:
  1. Create a SharePoint Server 2016 farm.
  2. Copy SharePoint Server 2013 content and service application databases.
  3. Attach the databases to SharePoint Server 2016 farm.

SharePoint Server 2016 new hybrid features

New hybrid features of SharePoint Server 2016Microsoft has announced SharePoint 2016 version vision and strategy in April 2015. It became available for users with SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview edition in August 2015. To meet the exact up-to-date customers’ needs the SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2, based on customers’ feedback, has been released in November 2015.
SharePoint Server 2016 introduces familiar and intuitive user experiences, cloud-inspired infrastructure with hybrid at the core and robust security and compliance for SharePoint Server 2016.
MS SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2 provides new hybrid experiences that enable customers to take advantage of the possibilities of the cloud.

In SharePoint Server 2016 new hybrid features are available to enable hybrid solutions. Here are the most prominent ones:

– Hybrid Cloud Search. A new unified Search approach experience is now available in SharePoint Server 2016. With its help all of your crawled content gets indexed (including on-premises content) to your search index in Office 365. You would need to use the Office 365 Search to take advantages of this feature.

– Hybrid OneDrive for Business. Users can sync files with Office 365 and share them with others. They can also get access to their files through the Office 365 directly from any device.

- Extensible Hybrid App Launcher. SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2 introduces the App Launcher to gain a common access experience across applications and solutions in Office 365 and SharePoint Server 2016.

– Sites you follow in one place. Users can now have the ability to follow SharePoint Server and SharePoint Online sites, and see them aggregated in a single list. 
- Data Loss Prevention. Intensified support for new Data Loss Prevention capabilities is included in SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2.

– Increased File Size for uploads. The limit for maximum size of the uploaded file to SharePoint, set to 2Gb in previous versions, is no longer the issue. Though there’s no real limit now, Microsoft has strongly recommended for it not to go beyond 10Gb.

– Mobile experience. SharePoint Server 2016 comes with a touch friendly interface to allow you to make decisions faster and keep in contact with colleagues.

– Durable links. The idea is to make sure that links, you sent to your folks continues to work regardless of what happens to the document, i.e. the file name was changed or the document moved.

– Compliance tools. SharePoint Server 2016 provides a wide range of features and capabilities to ensure sensitive information to remains safe and that the appropriate people have access to the right information at the proper time.