Notes from Ignite 2015 – SharePoint 2016

SharePoint 2016

SharePoint 2016

This is a list of things that I’ve picked up from the Microsoft Ignite 2015 event from either watching videos of the event or reading articles from those there.

  • You can only upgrade to 2016 from 2013, 2010 instances will have to upgrade to 2013 first.
  • Less focus on windows authentication and more Saml and OAuth are being pushed forward.
  • Extranet scenario – Publish internal sites to internet. I’m unsure how this is going to work, I thought Microsoft were dropping public facing SharePoint sites, Possibly for only on-prem.
  • Upon installing SharePoint you can assign it a role, The wizard will run a health check on the server to check it is capable of running the role. Roles seen so far:
    • Special Load
    • Web Front End
    • Search
    • Application
    • Distributed Cache
    • Single Server Farm
  • The next-generation SharePoint product will reduce the number of restarts by reducing the overall number of fixes contained in the patch itself
  • User profile service application will be removed, AD import will still exist but the profile sync will be removed. If a client wants the User Profile service, Forefront Identity Manager will need to be set up as a separate server outside the farm.
  • Content DBs in the Terabytes, 100,000 site collections per content DB. The list threshold will be greater than 5000, the max file size has been increased to 10 GB and character limit restrictions have been removed and index items are increased to 500 million items. Some numbers are still to be announced from Microsoft.
  • Fast site collection creation – New logic: copies site collection at content database level; so there will be a “master” site collection; features don’t have to be activated, as the features are already activated in the “master” site collection
  • Project Server – More features and now more integrated with SharePoint;
  • Durable links – Id based URL’s that don’t change even when the content moves to another site or site collection.  Users can email links to content and not worry about a broken link if the content moves.
  • Real time analytics – Since Power BI really took off on 2013 for SharePoint it looks like they’re expanding on this, we can expect decent dashboards for usage analytics, info about things like latency, which docs are accessed more than others, daily active users, storage, storage by site template, daily storage, etc.

SharePoint 2016 has some interesting features coming up, I’m looking forward to working with the new analytics on 2016.

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