SharePoint 2016 Preview – quick install guide


Microsoft has released the preview version of SharePoint 2016.

Here is a quick installation guide to this preview version.

Download installation files

Microsoft released ISO image of SharePoint 2016 preview (with Japanese and Spanish language packs) at Download Center

Preview version requires Windows Server 2012 R2/Windows Server Technical Preview 2 for SharePoint installation and 64-bit edition of Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 1 (SP1)/Microsoft SQL Server 2016 for database.

*Please note that Standalone installation is no longer available.


Before you can install SharePoint 2016 (or earlier version), you need to install the required additional software and updates.

Simply run Install software prerequsities during setup and follow the installation wizard.


Now you can run Install SharePoint Server.

Enter SharePoint 2016 Preview key (available on download page), specify folder location and install SharePoint files.

Configuration Wizard

SharePoint installation ends with option to run SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard.

  1. Enter Database server and management account with password to connect SharePoint with SQL Server.
    SharePoint 2016 Wizard 1
  2. Specify Passphrase
    SharePoint 2016 Wizard 2
  3. Select Server Role
    SharePoint 2016 Wizard 3                                            This is a new feature in SharePoint 2016.Microsoft prepared six predefined server roles for you to choose:

    • Front-end
      Service applications, services, and components that serve user requests belong on Front-end web servers. These servers are optimized for low latency.
    • Application
      Service applications, services, and components that serve backend requests (such as background jobs or search crawl requests) belong on Application servers. These servers are optimized for high throughput.
    • Distributed cache
      Service applications, services, and components that are required for a distributed cache belong to Distributed Cache servers.
    • Search
      Service applications, services, and components that are required for search belong on Search servers.
    • Custom
      Custom service applications, services, and components that do not integrate with MinRole belong on Custom servers. The farm administrator has full control over which service instances can run on servers assigned to the Custom role. MinRole does not control which service instances are provisioned on this role.
    • Single-server farm
      Service applications, services, and components required for a single machine farm belong on a Single-Server Farm. A Single-Server Farm is meant for development, testing, and very limited production use. A SharePoint farm with the Single-Server Farm role cannot have more than one SharePoint server in the farm.

    For testing I chose Single-server farm. This option will install all features and functionalities. I will discuss server roles and other changes in another post.

  4. Specify Central Administration port numer and choose an authentication provider
    SharePoint 2016 Wizard 4
  5. Confirm Configuration and wait for configration confirmation window.
    SharePoint 2016 Wizard 5

Test your SharePoint 2016 Preview

Next, Central Administration will load and let you choose to automatically configure web application with site collections and service application.

You can skip this step and do all configuration tasks by yourself and explore what’s new in SharePoint 2016 Preview.

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