New Pluralsight Course: Planning for SharePoint Server 2016: Physical Topology and Services


I am extremely happy to announce that my fifth Pluralsight course has been released this weekend, and this one is on the latest and greatest version of SharePoint!

Planning for SharePoint Server 2016

SharePoint Server 2016 is the latest release of SharePoint Server and includes awesome features for business users, but quite a few changes for SharePoint IT Professionals. New features such as MinRole, combined with new requirements such as mandatory Office Online Server configuration for Business Intelligence, will change the way that SharePoint Administrators will design their SharePoint farm.

In this course, Planning for SharePoint Server 2016: Physical Topology and Services, you’ll learn foundational knowledge in order to properly plan for a SharePoint 2016 topology according to your business needs. First, you’ll learn how to architecture a topology in Traditional, Streamlined, and MinRole strategies. Next, you’ll learn how to plan for your Service Applications such as Search, User Profile, and the Productivity Service applications, as well as how they can affect your Physical Topology. Finally, you’ll learn how to plan for SharePoint Hybrid, Business Intelligence, SharePoint 2013 Workflows, SharePoint add-ins and more.

When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge of SharePoint 2016 needed to properly plan a SharePoint 2016 Physical Topology according to your business needs. This course also covers part of the “Planning” Objectives of the SharePoint 2016 MCSE Exam 70-339. (View more info here: )

You can find the course on Pluralsight at or by clicking the banner blow:

Planning for SharePoint Server 2016

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  • June 26, 2017 at 12:48 pm
    Dean Gross

    The MS TechNet article at mentions Small, Medium and Large farms. Do you know what numerical values should be used to determine which size topology should be specified?

    • June 28, 2017 at 9:52 am

      Hello Dean, I really don’t know what Microsoft says when they say small/medium/large. Lower in that article they talk about number of servers, but In my opinion (and that’s me, not MS) I would say a small farm is for under 250 active users, Medium farm 250-1000 Active users, and large is 1000+


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