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

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Adnan Amin
Adnan is two time SharePoint MVP (Most Valuable Professional) with over 12 years of extensive experience with major expertise on SharePoint Server, Office 365, .Net Platform and Microsoft BI. He is currently working SharePoint Architect at FMT Consultants. He is MCT Regional Lead for Pakistan Chapter since 2012. He is working on SharePoint for past nine years and worked on different intranet/intranet solutions for private & govt. sector majorly in Gulf region, which include OOB and customized solutions. He is a trainer, technology evangelist and also speaks in community forums.

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