Like a kid looking for the ultimate gift on Christmas morning, I was losing patience as I wallowed through the steps I needed to complete prior to installing SharePoint 2016.
- Windows 2012 R2. Check.
- Windows Updates applied. Check.
- SQL Server 2014 SP1. Check.
- Service Accounts. Check.
- SharePoint Pre-Requisites. Check.
- Snapshot the baseline. Check.
I started the installation and received a message that a restart was pending based on the results of the pre-requisite install. The pre-requisite install did not conclude with a “restart” message; so just be aware…best practice is a server restart anyway. I had 10 pre-requisites to install/configure prior to setup. I wanted to perform a single server installation. The initial install wizard is straightforward; the only area you would likely change (especially for a non-Development environment) is the LOG file location..
Alright! The Configuration Wizard. The initial wizard screens are reminiscent of SharePoint 2013…
Then…BAM. MinRole. Finally, a straightforward and easy way to ensure your Web Front End remains a Web Front End, your Search server remains your Search server, etc.
Ooooo..this is cool. I can configure Hybrid immediately…not so fast my friend. It is not as easy as it looks. There are some prerequisites:
- Azure Active Directory Synchronization
- User Profile Service Application, Managed Metadata Service Application, and My Sites
- Office365 Tenant
So far, so good….but this was a simple single server install. Subsequent posts will focus on:
- The use of MinRoles in a multi-server farm.
- Hybrid Configuration
- Scripted Installation