SharePoint Server 2016 Feature Pack Installation

Log into the SharePoint Application and Web front ends as the SPAdmin account. User account details for SharePoint setup and Service accounts are listed in SharePoint Farm User Accounts.

To start, logon to the server using the SharePoint Admin account. Running the install and configuration wizard under this account will ensure the process provisions databases on SQL Server with the main SharePoint Admin account as the database DBO.

The major updates in Feature pack 2 is SharePoint Framework which was only available in SharePoint online, now you can use it in SharePoint Server 2016 with Feature Pack 2. The other updates with Feature Pack 2 include (also available in feature pack 1)

  • Administrative Actions Logging
  • MinRole enhancements
  • SharePoint Custom Tiles
  • Hybrid Auditing (preview)
  • Hybrid Taxonomy
  • OneDrive API for SharePoint on-premises
  • OneDrive for Business modern experience

In this blog post I am referring the installation of Feature Pack 2 which include all updates and enhancements of Feature Pack 1, you can check for latest updates from this link (https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt715807(v=office.16).aspx#BKMK_2016)

  1. DO NOT Run the configuration wizard after the installation
  2. Download and Install Feature Pack 2 on all servers
  1. After Installation Restart all machines

Installation Screenshots

SharePoint 2016 Feature Pack 2

SharePoint 2016 Feature Pack 2 Installation

SharePoint 2016 Feature Pack 2 Installation Completed

Install SharePoint feature pack on all machines.

SharePoint Server 2016: Search Service Setup

I have written a series of blog posts where I have shared detail on Installation and configuration of SharePoint 2016 and also for WFEs. In this blog I am sharing PowerShell cmdlets to setup the Search Service for newly created SharePoint farm. Use a new Application Pool for setting up Search Service and name it “SearchService ApplicationPool”

Run the following PowerShell on the web front end that does not run distributed cache (WFE Server).

Provision the SharePoint Search service application in order to name the database according to the preferred naming convention.

You can also create it through Central admin by going through Service Applications and create new Search Service application:

SharePoint 2016 Search Service Application

SharePoint Server 2016: Secure Store Service

In recent series of blog posts, I shared detail on Installation and configuration of SharePoint 2016 and also for WFEs. In this blog I am sharing the details on how to provision Secure Store Service Application in SharePoint, follow below steps the provision the service.

  • Create service application through SharePoint 2016 Central Administration. Go to Application Management >> Manage Service Applications >> New >> click Secure Store Service Application.

SharePoint 2016 Secure Store Service

  • Enter Secure Store Service Application as Service Application Name, SQL alias for Database Server, SP_SecureStoreService as Database Name and Windows authentication as Database authentication.
  • Enter Application pool details, select Use existing application pool dropdown and select SharePoint Web Services Default.
  • In Enable Audit section, leave it default.
  • Click OK to create Secure Store Service Application.

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SharePoint Server 2016: Setup outgoing email

In current series of blog posts, I shared detail on Installation and configuration of SharePoint 2016 and also for WFEs. In this blog I am sharing the details on how to setup outgoing email, follow the below steps to configure outgoing email in SharePoint Server 2016 (similar steps for SharePoint Server 2013)

  • If you have existing SMTP server, you can configure with the SharePoint Central Admin
  • If not, install a SMTP server as your outbound SMTP server.
  • Configure the Outgoing e-mail server information by opening SharePoint Central Administration and following these steps:
  • In Central Administration, click System Settings.
  • On the System Settings page, in the E-Mail and Text Messages (SMS) section, click Configure outgoing e-mail settings.
  • On the Outgoing E-Mail Settings page, in the Mail Settingssection, type the SMTP server name for outgoing e-mail (e.g. “mail.MSTechTalk.com”) in the Outbound SMTP server
  • In the From addressbox, type the e-mail address as you want it to be displayed to e-mail recipients, such as “sharepoint@MSTechTalk.com”
  • In theReply-to address box, type the e-mail address to which you want e-mail recipients to reply to, if desired.
  • In the Character setlist, select the character set that is appropriate for your language.

Click OK.

SharePoint Email configuration

Test outgoing email by dropping a test file in the Pickup folder https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/297700

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SharePoint Server 2016: Configure Usage and Health Service

In previous blog posts, I shared detail on Installation and configuration of SharePoint 2016 and also for WFEs. In this blog I am sharing the details on how to manually provision Usage and Health Service using PowerShell.

Provision the SharePoint Usage and Health Data Collection service application in order to name the database according to the preferred naming convention.

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SharePoint Server 2016: Configure State Service

In previous blog posts, I shared detail on Installation and configuration of SharePoint 2016 and also for WFEs. In this blog I am sharing the details on how to manually provision State Service Application using PowerShell.

Provision the SharePoint State service application in order to name the database according to the preferred naming convention.

 

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SharePoint Server 2016: Add a web front end with distributed cache

Please follow the previous blog post to install SharePoint (SharePoint Server 2016 Installation Step by step) and running Configuration Wizard on Application server. Login to the Web Front end server(s).

You are now ready to run the SharePoint 2016 Products Configuration Wizard located on the Windows Start menu. Follow these steps to create a farm:

1- On the Welcome to SharePoint Products page, click Next.

SharePoint 2016 Product Configuration Wizard

2- In the dialog box that notifies you that some services might have to be restarted during configuration, click Yes.

SharePoint 2016 Product Configuration Wizard2

3- On the Connect to a server farm page, click on Connect to an existing farm, and then click Next.

SharePoint 2016 Configuration Wizard Connect Existing Farm

4- On the Specify Configuration Database Settings page, do the following:

  • In the Database server box, type the name of the computer that is running SQL Server.
  • Click Retrieve Database names and select the SharePoint database and Select Configuration Database. Click Next to continue.

SharePoint 2016 Configuration Wizard Database Settings

5- On the Specify Farm Security Settings page, type in the farm passphrase, this should be same as you have given during the application server configuration wizard.

SharePoint 2016 Product Configuration Wizard Passphrase

6- On the Specify a Server Role, click on “Web Front End with Distributed Cache” Click Next.

SharePoint 2016 Configuration Wizard Server Role WFE

7- Check all settings and Click Next

SharePoint 2016 Product Configuration Wizard Start

8- If you want to host Central Admin on this server as well click on Advanced and select this option.

SharePoint 2016 Product Configuration Wizard Advance Settings

9- On the Completing the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard page, click Next.

10- On the Configuration Successful page, click Finish.

SharePoint 2016 Product Configuration Wizard Completed

11- The Central Administration website will open in a new browser window. On the Help Make SharePoint Better page, click No, I don’t wish to participate and then click OK.

12- On the Initial Farm Configuration Wizard page, click Cancel. As I mentioned in previous blog post, that I will share the details to manually configure the service applications, as I do not recommend to configure all service using Farm wizard.

SharePoint 2016 Configure SharePoint Farm

SharePoint 2016: Products Configuration Wizard

After Installation of SharePoint on all application and web front end servers as mentioned in SharePoint Server 2016 Installation Step by step, you need to stat the configuration wizard to create a new farm.

You are now ready to run the SharePoint 2016 Products Configuration Wizard located on the Windows Start menu. Follow these steps to create a farm:

1- On the Welcome to SharePoint Products page, click Next.

SharePoint 2016 Product Configuration Wizard

2- In the dialog box that notifies you that some services might have to be restarted during configuration, click Yes.

SharePoint 2016 Product Configuration Wizard2

3- On the Connect to a server farm page, click Create a new server farm, and then click Next.

SharePoint 2016 Configuration Wizard Connect Farm

4- On the Specify Configuration Database Settings page, do the following:

5- In the Database server box, type the name of the computer that is running SQL Server.

6- In the Database name box, type a name for your configuration database, or use the default database name.

SharePoint 2016 Configuration Wizard Database Settings

7- In the Username box, type the user name of the SharePoint farm account in DOMAIN\user name format.

8- In the Password box, type the service account’s (SPFarm) password and click on Next button.

9- On the Specify a Server Role, Click on “Application with Search”. You can also select single server Farm option if you want to deploy SharePoint 2016 on a single Farm. Similarly, you can select options under detected roles or can use Shared roles.

SharePoint 2016 Configuration Wizard Server Role

10- On the Specify Farm Security Settings page, type a passphrase,

Save this passphrase in a secure location, this information will be needed when adding/removing servers in addition to being the central encryption key for your SharePoint farm.

Although a passphrase resembles a password, it is usually longer to improve security. It is used to encrypt credentials of accounts that are registered in SharePoint 2016. Ensure that the passphrase contains at least eight characters and at least three of: uppercase letters; lowercase letters; numbers; non-alphabetic characters. Click Next button after entering Passphrase.

11- On the Configure SharePoint Central Administration Web Application page, do the following:

12- Select the Specify port number check box and type a number (of your choosing e.g. 8181, 1337 etc) as the port number for the SharePoint Central Administration web application. Select NTLM under security settings and press next button.

SharePoint 2016 Configuration Wizard Central Admin

13- On the Completing the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard page, click Next.

SharePoint 2016 Product Configuration Wizard Start

14- Product configuration process can take some time to complete.

SharePoint 2016 Product Configuration Wizard in process

15- On the Configuration Successful page, click Finish.

SharePoint 2016 Product Configuration Wizard Completed

16- The Central Administration website will open in a new browser window. On the Help Make SharePoint Better page, click No, I don’t wish to participate and then click OK.

17- On the Initial Farm Configuration Wizard page, click Cancel. You can configure the services using Farm configuration wizard, I will show you how to manually configure the services in upcoming blog posts. It is also recommended to manually configure services in when you have more than one server for SharePoint (like app servers and WFEs).

SharePoint 2016 Configure SharePoint Farm