SharePoint 2016 Overview

March 22, 2016

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Guhan Ramaswamy

Practice Lead - Sharepoint

The SharePoint 2016 release has come with many exciting features. Features of SharePoint 2016 includes an app launcher and UI changes giving a better user experience. It has a Hybrid OneDrive for Business which is very favorable for users who wish to venture into cloud storage the right way.

Features of SharePoint 2016 comprises of:

Improved User Experiences:

  • Mobile Experience
  • Personalized Insights
  • People-Centric File Storage and Collaboration

Cloud – Inspired Infrastructure:

  • Improved Performance and reliability
  • Hybrid Cloud with global reach
  • Support and monitoring tools

Compliancy & Reporting:

  • New Data Protection and monitoring tool
  • Improved Reporting and Analytics
  • Trusted Platform

The New and Enhanced Features of SharePoint 2016:

  • Encrypted SMTP Connections
  • MinRoles
  • Improved Patching
  • Content Database Size increased from 200 GB to 1TB
  • Maximum file storage from 2GB to 10GB
  • Non default ports can be used for connection encryption, rather than just using Port 25
  • Faster Site Creation
  • Project Server integration with SharePoint content databases
  • Durable links
  • Support for ODF Format

SharePoint 2016 Overview shows the following Hardware and Software Requirement:

SharePoint 2016 Minimal Hardware Requirement

Processer: 4 cores 64 Bit Processer
RAM: 12GB to 16GB
Hard Disk: 80GB

SharePoint 2016 Minimal Software Requirement:

OS: Windows Server 2016/Windows Server 2016 R2
Framework: .net Framework 4.6/4.5.2
Database: SQL Server 2014/SQL Server 2016

SharePoint 2016 Upgrade Scenarios

  • Direct Upgrade from SharePoint 2010 to SharePoint 2016 not possible
  • Support’s Database attach upgrade from SharePoint 2013 to SharePoint 2016
  • Support’s only Upgrade from SharePoint 2013 Mode (15 hive) to SharePoint 2016
  • Not support’s upgrade from SharePoint 2010 Mode (14 hive) to SharePoint 2016

More valuable insight on Features of SharePoint 2016 gives a better understanding on where to go next for upgrades and migrations.

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