SharePoint Server 2016 (Preview)

On August 24th, 2015, Microsoft announced the availability of SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview with a blog post by Bill Baer, senior technical product manager for the SharePoint team.

I of course started downloading the software and began the SharePoint farm build. I built a small environment to begin testing: I am using two servers running Windows Server 2012 R2 – one with the Active Directory role & SQL Server 2014 with Service Pack 1 installed & on the second server I performed a simple install using the GUI.

SharePoint 2016 Preview Installation GUI
SharePoint 2016 Preview Installation GUI

There is plenty of coverage on the web describing the different installation options (MinRole), so i won’t go into a lot of detail in this post. For my first test, I selected Single-server farm and used minimal service accounts. I also selected to install every service just to get a feel for the process and functionality.

For this first post, I want to mention the experience of managing the services has been improved – especially in knowing their health.

SharePoint Server 2016 Preview: Services On Server
SharePoint Server 2016 Preview: Services On Server

The image above shows the addition of an In Compliance column and the configured Role to the listing of the services on the current server. For comparison, I have included the Services on Server view on SharePoint Server 2013 below.

SharePoint Server 2013: Services On Server
SharePoint Server 2013: Services On Server

More to come – stay tuned!

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