SharePoint 2016 Preview Install – First look

SharePoint 2016 Preview was released yesterday on Aug 24.

Download from here: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=48712

Announcement: https://blogs.office.com/2015/08/24/announcing-availability-of-sharepoint-server-2016-it-preview-and-cloud-hybrid-search/

After installing, here are my comments as I walk through for noticeable changes:

  1. Similar to Office 365, there is a similar ‘App Launcher’ at the top left.

Newsfeed, OneDrive and Sites sit under your personal My Site.
http://<hostname>/my/personal/<username>/&#8230;

sp16preview-app launcher

2. Under List Settings, there is a new setting ‘Automatic Index Management’:
This may help with the list view threshold constraint where default  5,000 items for a list.

sp16preview-autoindexing

There is a new ‘Large list automatic column index management job’ timer job that may support this setting on the configured lists.

sp16prev-autoIndexTimerJob

After running this timer job, I went to the List Settings > Indexed columns and haven’t noticed any indexed columns. Perhaps the “indexing” can be seen elsewhere. I will have to continue to investigate.

3. Central Administration > Office 365 > Configure hybrid OneDrive and Site Features

SharePoint Hybrid Solutions Center: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=613711

sp16preview-O365hybridconfig

4. There are many more new timer jobs at a total of 228. In this screen shot, you may notice some that are new such as DeleteUnusedAbs, Document Changed Anti-virus Processing, DrainInlineStreams and Dump site information. Not sure what these do, but get ready to understand them and leverage accordingly.

sp16prev-newTimerJobs

To compare to a list of SharePoint 2013 timer jobs, read https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc678870.aspx

5. “layouts/15” in URL and SharePoint Root Folders

For example, http://<hostname>/_layouts/15/start.aspx#/Shared%20Documents/Forms/AllItems.aspx

The URL contains “_layouts/15” rather than “_layouts/16” taking after the production major version number. Maybe that is why we are seeing the 2013 UI and perhaps in future there could be a change in the UI look.

Also in the the file system there is still the SharePoint 14 root folder (i.e. SharePoint 2010). Maybe this will go away in final release.

sp16prev-rootFolder

6. New Video thumbnails and playback.

I uploaded a 475mb video I grabbed from channel9.msdn.com into the Documents library. I happened to be running a PowerShell script adding 10,000 list items to a custom list and when playing the video in this thumbnail, the playback was a little choppy and slow. So even though this is a single server farm setup, one has to consider scalability and performance of playing videos. This video is surely stored in the content SQL database.

sp16prev-videoThumbNail

Preparing Developer Virtual Machine for SharePoint 2016 Preview

In anticipation for the SharePoint Server 2016 Preview release this month of August 2015, I have prepared a Hyper-V virtual machine for development and evaluation purposes.

System Requirements
http://blogs.technet.com/b/wbaer/archive/2015/05/12/what-s-new-in-sharepoint-server-2016-installation-and-deployment.aspx

Scenario Deployment type and scale Processor RAM Hard disk
Database server running a single SQL instance Development or evaluation installation with
the minimum recommended services
64-bit, 4 cores 12-16 GB 80 GB for system drive
100 GB for second drive

My setup:

Host
OS: Windows 10 Pro
Desktop
Intel Core i5 @ 2.67Ghz 4 Logical Processors
120GB Intel Solid State Drive for VM Disks only
16GB RAM

Hyper-V Virtual Machine
2 Logical processors
12GB RAM

Windows Server 2012R2 with Update
SQL Server 2014 with Service Pack 1
Visual Studio 2015
Chrome

My Software Preparation:

I recently upgraded to Windows 10 and I am enjoying it including the new Start Menu with Tiles and Cortana.

I installed the Hyper-V Manager feature
Control Panel > Programs and Features > Turn On windows features or off
Check off ‘Hyper-V’

Hyper-V

I ran Hyper-V Manager and create a new Virtual Machine and went through the wizard and allocated system resources such as 2 logical processors, location of the VM disk in my solid state drive, and 12 GB of ram. I highly recommend solid state drives for SharePoint VMs as I notice a big performance gain with much higher IOPS.

Note that according to minimum requirements of 4 processors, I will try to settle with only 2 logical processors but if needed I’ll bump up to 4 logical processors. I plan on saving VM system resources by turning off services in Central Administration ‘Services on Server’ such as SharePoint Server Search, Excel Calculation services, Access Services, Machine Translation Service until I want to use them.

I had installed the Windows Server 2012 R2 operating system through .ISO image file.

After installation is complete and booting up Windows Server, I ensured to add roles and features with
Active Directory Domain Services
Web role and app role.
Application Server role

Windows Server Add Role

Next, I installed SQL Server 2014. I just include all the features.

Next, I installed Visual Studio 2015 to develop SharePoint apps/add-ins. I noticed that the install options, you can choose Office Developer tools. Note that you shouldn’t expect it to support SharePoint 2016, but my guess it will to some extent such as simple web parts and list and library deployment.

To download Office Tools separately, visit https://www.visualstudio.com/features/office-tools-vs

Now wait for the SharePoint 2016 Preview download hopefully sometime this month of August.