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

Adnan is six time Microsoft MVP (Since 2015) with over 16 years of extensive experience with major expertise on SharePoint, SharePoint based development, Microsoft 365, Microsoft Teams, .Net Platform and Microsoft BI. He is currently working Sr Microsoft Consultant at Olive + Goose. He is MCT Regional Lead for Pakistan Chapter since 2012. He is working on SharePoint for past 12 years and worked on different intranet/intranet solutions for private & govt. sector majorly in United states and Gulf region and have experience of working with multiple Fortune 500 companies. He is a trainer, technology evangelist and also speaks in community forums.

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