You’re wondering where to start with SharePoint 2016? Many will install the RTM version and then install the latest CU. We’re saying at a minimum you should seriously consider Feature Pack 1, which is the same as the November CU.
Here are simple steps to deploy a new SharePoint Server 2016 farm with Feature Pack 1 from scratch. We recommend reading the reference materials including the documentation related to the two KB articles listed below.
- Serious Minrole improvements reducing the number of servers significantly with support for small and medium farms.
- Better support for Global Navigation (Hybrid or Not) including custom tiles
- Improved compliance with logging for central admin actions and logging for PowerShell actions for improved troubleshooting, and insights, auditing, and more.
- Modern on premises One Drive improvements supporting improved adoption
- Unified Hybrid auditing and compliance
- Hybrid Taxonomy across SharePoint 2016 and Office 365
- OneDrive API
Here are the steps to deploy a new SharePoint Server 2016 farm with Feature Pack 1 from scratch:
- Install SharePoint Server 2016, but do not create a farm yet.
- If you’d like to add support for additional languages, install the appropriate SharePoint Server 2016 language packs.
- Install the November 2016 Public Update (or later) for SharePoint Server 2016. Note that the public updates for SharePoint Server 2016 are split into two separate patches: the “core” patch and the MUI/language pack patch. You must install both patches, even if you don’t have any additional language packs installed.
- After all of these steps are performed, you can then create a new farm by running the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard, our Windows PowerShell cmdlets, or the PSConfig.exe command line tool.
Of course, you don’t need to set up a new farm to take advantage of Feature Pack 1. You can update existing SharePoint Server 2016 farms with Feature Pack 1 by installing the November 2016 Public Update patches and then running upgrade.
Read our “Deploy software updates for SharePoint Server 2016” article on TechNet for more details: https://technet.microsoft.com/library/cc263467(v=office.16).aspx
- Yes, you should install both… KB3127940 and KB3127942.
Download Update for SharePoint Server 2016 November 2016 Feature Pack 1 (language independent)
- Download SharePoint Server 2016 November 2016 Feature Pack 1 (language dependent fixes)
- Then run PSConfig and create the farm. These can be installed and ran early in your deployment right after the install.
- Optionally you can install later CUs, a Feature pack is just a CU with additional Features. Each later monthly CU contains the Feature pack functionality as well.
Expect the next major Feature Pack in 9-12 months.