I have completed a Single-Server installation of SharePoint Server 2016 with Database server on a separate machine. I am sharing the installation details here which can be helpful for many who are new to SharePoint. The installation is similar to the older versions of SharePoint except MinRoleTopolgy which is introduced for the first time in SharePoint 2016.
I have used the below hardware and software configuration form my current installation.
64-bit, 4 cores
80 GB for system drive100 GB for second drive and additional drives
64-bit, 4 cores
80 GB for system drive80 GB for second drive
Windows Server 2012 R2 – with latest updates
SQL Server 2014 with SP1 – x64
Windows Server 2012 R2 – with latest updates
SharePoint Server 2016 Preview
SharePoint Server 2016 Preview installer
Open the SharePoint Server 2016 Preview installer file from SharePoint 2016 setup which will look like the below:
You need to install software prerequisites first before the installation of SharePoint Server 2016, the prerequisites installation can ask for restart multiple time. Start the prerequisites installation as shown below:
On next page, you can view the license agreement which you have to accept if you want install, you have to accept it as you having no other choice. Prerequisites installation will take some and will also ask for restart. After restart, re-run the installer file and run prerequisites, this will again ask for agree on terms. Again continue it and wait for the installer to complete prerequisites.
After completion, you can see the installation status. Installation status in my machine is listed below, all installed successfully except .NET framework.
Application Server Role, Web Server (IIS) Role: configured successfully
Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Native Client: was already installed (no action taken)
Microsoft ODBC Driver 11 for SQL Server: installed successfully
Microsoft Sync Framework Runtime v1.0 SP1 (x64): installed successfully
Windows Server AppFabric: installed successfully
Microsoft Identity Extensions: installed successfully
Microsoft Information Protection and Control Client 2.1: installed successfully
Microsoft WCF Data Services 5.6: installed successfully
Cumulative Update Package 1 for Microsoft AppFabric 1.1 for Windows Server (KB2671763): installed successfully
Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5.2: was already installed (no action taken)
Update for Microsoft .NET Framework to disable RC4 in Transport Layer Security (KB2898850): installation error
Visual C++ Redistributable Package for Visual Studio 2013: installed successfully
I have restarted the machine as it was asking to restart, as you have noticed the one installation error “Microsoft .NET Framework to disable RC4 in Transport Layer Security, you need to install the security update for .net framework”.
The error patch description is “A security issue has been identified that could allow an unauthenticated remote attacker to compromise your system and gain access to information”
After installation, run the perquisites again and now you can see the issue is resolved. And we are good to install SharePoint 2016.
SharePoint Server 2016 Installation
Now after the perquisites installation, click on the SharePoint Server 2016 installation link to start the installation. Setup will first prepare the installation files and verify prerequisites and then will start the installation.
On first screen you will be prompt for the Product Key, you can enter key “NQTMW-K63MQ-39G6H-B2CH9-FRDWJ” for SharePoint Server 2016 Preview release.
Once again you have to accept the license terms
Choose the file location for SharePoint server and search server files. Search index files will be stored in local hard drive which can be very large so make sure that there is sufficient free space in selected drive. I will recommend you to use a separate drive for search index and default drive for SharePoint files.
Click on install now button to start the installation. The installation will take a few minutes to complete, in below image you can see the complete installation status, you can select the check box the start configuration wizard after the installation or you can manually start the configuration wizard.
SharePoint Product Configuration Wizard
The configuration wizard will start a welcome screen, press next to continue. The following services may have to be started or reset during configuration:
Internet Information Services
SharePoint Administration Service
SharePoint Timer Service
So choose yes to restart the services if required and continue with the configuration wizard.
Select Create a new server farm option from the next step as shown in below screen, if you are already have installed a new farm and doing a MinRole installation then select the first option to connect to an existing server farm.
Enter the database server details and database access account details, use a separate user for this but I am using the same SPAdmin user for the preview installation. I have assigned it below rights in DB server:
If you are facing issues in connecting to SQL Server then make sure TCP/IP is enabled in SQL Server Configuration Manager. If you still getting the error then turn off the firewall on SQL server machine.
After completing the database settings, press next which will take to you on Farm security settings page. Enter passphrase here which is required to secure the farm configuration data and is required for each server that joins the farm.
Server Roles or the MinRoletopology
Here comes the MinRoles, SharePoint Server 2016 has six types of server roles:
You can either select single-server farm or can do a multi-server installation using MinRolestopology. If you have selected Single-Server Farm then you cannot extend to Multi-Server environment, so if you plan to extend to multi-Server farm in future then select the Custom MinRole or Application.
I am using single-server farm installation so will go with the last option.
On next screen, you can specify port for Central Admin or can use the default which is selected randomly. I have never used the default port, I always an easy one which I can remember like 5555. Select NTLM installation mode at this phase and press next.
Verify the settings in configuration wizar, press next to start the wizard. Advance option is not enabled for Single-Server installation.
Press Next button, it will start the configuration of SharePoint farm. This is similar to what we do in past with MOSS 2007, SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013 or even with SharePoint Foundation which is no more part of SharePoint 2016.
The wizard can take some time and if you get some errors then you have to verify the roles of the user in SQL Server. If everything went smooth then if will finish successfully then it means having a good day otherwise some more effort required
Being a SharePoint MVP, I am quite lucky to install it without any hurdle.
So now, happy time for me to do some SharePointing on SharePoint Server 2016. After the installation, run the services wizard from Central Administration, setup will take you to the service configuration wizard page, you can either configure them through wizard and can also configure them manually.
As this is test environment, so I will prefer configuring services using wizard. We can define a separate account for services but I am using the same SharePoint Admin account for all services.
This will complete the services wizard for me and now I am ready to explore SharePoint.
Below you can see the central administration page from my machine, and yes there are many new features in 2016, in below screen you can see one of them related to configure hybrid OneDrive and Site features underOffice 365.
Keep visiting MSTechTalk.com, I will also share the hosted environment details so you can able to test the hosted preview of SharePoint Server 2016.