SharePoint 2016 Frequently Asked Questions
As I do more conferences and webinars around the brand new SharePoint Server 2016, I get a lot of questions asked by email, or private channels that could benefit everyone! So I will update this blog post as time advances with the latest events, and add answers to the questions you might have! Hopefully it will be useful!
Crow Canyon Webinar: What’s new for IT Professionals in SharePoint 2016 (January 21, 2016).
Q: Will the slides be made available?
A: Yes, slides are available at this link: http://www.slideshare.net/VladCatrinescu/whats-new-in-sharepoint-2016-for-it-professionals-webinar-with-crowcanyon
Q: Can I download this record later?
A: Yes, you can find the recording on Channel9: https://channel9.msdn.com/Blogs/vladcatrinescu/Whats-new-in-SharePoint-2016-for-IT-Pros
Q: Will each server in the Min Role architecture require a SP license? If so, that’s really costly.
A: There is no official word on licensing yet, but I am pretty sure you will need a license for every SharePoint Server in the farm!
Q: I would love to see a demo on durable links? Is it possible on your blog post?
A: I will try to do a webinar on the durable links feature only in the future.
Q: Do you have a tutorial to setup a dev environment like the one on your demo, which can be used to evaluate all new features?
A: Not yet, I will wait for the SharePoint 2016 to be RTM so it doesn’t change that much anymore. You can simply install a single server VM for now and play with it!
Q: What are some reasons to upgrade to SharePoint Server 2016 from earlier versions?
A: Multiple reasons from new features, better stability and faster speed. Here is a blog post from a fellow MVP on some great reasons: https://sharepoint.protiviti.com/blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=274
Q: Any information on mobile support for publishing sites?
A: I didn’t try it, but didn’t hear anything about support for publishing sites yet!
Q: Is PerformancePoint in this version yet?
A: Performance Point will be in SharePoint 2016!
Q: Are there any new BI features?
A: SSRS now uses HTML 5, and has some cool small features, but that’s it!
Q: Can you give some more info about how setting up the cloud search service application?
A: Check out this blog post: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/spses/archive/2015/09/15/cloud-hybrid-search-service-application.aspx
Q: Is the DLP Feature available in SharePoint Server 2016
A: Yes it is! Check this blog post to learn how to set it up: https://vladtalkstech.com/2015/12/configure-dlp-in-sharepoint-2016-step-by-step-tutorial.html
Q: Do we still have to migrate the WSS content database and use PowerShell to migrate from 2013 to 2016?
Q: Is Shredded storage still available in SharePoint 2016?
Q: Can you confirm that you have to have all four MinRole, before you are considered to have a MinRole farm?
A: Yes. If you don’t have one of each (WFE, APP, Search, Distributed Cache), your farm will not work properly and you should use “custom” and start services where you need them.
Q: Does SharePoint now have shortened URL for documents?
A: Not out of the box, but there are some third party tools that offer it.
Q: What’s the penalty for not having a MinRole farm?
A: You don’t fully benefit from Microsoft’s latest investments into SharePoint 2016 for performance and stability, However you are still fully supported.
Q: Is there any change in the App-Model?
A: From an IT Pro perspective the only change is that now it’s called the Add-in Model J.
A: SSL 3 & TLS 1.0
Q: Will SharePoint 2016 run on Server Core for Windows Server 2012 R2?
A: We cannot create new templates at the moment in SharePoint 2016. If this feature changes, I will update the post.
Q: Do durable links work across site collections and web applications?
A: It works in the same Site Collection for sure. Will have to test if it works cross-site collection / Web Application.
CardioLog Analytics Webinar: What’s New in SharePoint 2016 for End Users (February 3, 2016)
Q: Can we download the slides?
A: Yes, you can find the slides on SlideShare here: http://www.slideshare.net/VladCatrinescu/whats-new-in-sharepoint-2016-for-end-users-webinar-with-intlock
Q: Is Enterprise license needed for DLP? Or is it included in the standard?
A: It’s an Enterprise only feature as per https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj819267.aspx#bkmk_FeaturesOnPremise
Q: What Service update patch is required for the Cloud search service (For SharePoint 2013)?
A: August 2015 Public Update
Q: I’m a SharePoint branding person and how it works with the design manager in SharePoint 2016? Will that be existing? What is the work around?
A: I am not a branding person, so I didn’t test it, however since Design Manager is available on SharePoint Online, I am 90% sure it’s also available in SharePoint 2016. I will test and update blog post with answer!
Q: Do you have any idea when Microsoft will release SP2 for SharePoint 2013?
Q: What are the minimum software and hardware requirements for SharePoint 2016?
A: Software: Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016. SQL Server 2014 SP1 or SQL Server 2016. Hardware are same as 2013. 12-16GB Ram, 4 Core CPU, 80GB of space on C Drive.
Q: Can Hybrid Search work the other way i.e. O365 (SharePoint) online searching for content on-prem?
A: Hybrid Search pushes your on-prem index in the cloud, therefore from O365 you can search on-prem content. You can setup your on-prem farm, to query Office 365 afterwards to show content from on-prem as well as Office 365.
Q: Does SharePoint forms customized with InfoPath on SharePoint 2013 works on SharePoint 2016 after migration?
A: It should work, yes!
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