Today I finally got around creating a SharePoint 2016  server using the Beta 2 installer. As I have been running my virtual machines with SharePoint 2007, 2010 and on my laptop 2013 I thought I’ll try and install it in Azure. In the past I’ve always been battling with disk space on my laptop so Azure is a great option.

First of all I created a server with Windows Server 2016 installed. This is a very quick way to get the server all up and running. All I had to supply is an account name ( the built in administrator account), the server name and that was it.

Then as I’m trying to create a single server install I promoted my ser to be a domain controller.

Then I downloaded the SharePoint iso file and installed SharePoint 2016.

So what is new in SharePoint 2016?

Well the first installation screen has a new logo. It now says 2016 😉

SharePoint 2016 Preview installation screen


Ever clicked on the Read the installation guide link? well it get you through to the SharePoint 2010 link.

Isn’t that great has nobody clicked on this link over the last 6 years?

Same for the upgrade link.

While I’m writing this I’m installing the software prerequisites. I’m just hoping that these are up to date with SharePoint 2016.

Well the reboots are still needed. After the first reboot I’m getting the first failure

Error after reboot as my ISO isn’t mapped


The system cannot find the drive specified. Well better rerun the setup manually then.

After I try again it takes about 2 seconds to finish off the prerequisites. That reboot was well timed then. well I should be able to start the installer now …. No first another reboohoot.

And time for a second reboot


After the reboot the installer starts. I’m keeping everything to its defaults. just next, next, finish.

some slow progress


This could take a little while. Other than that the installation screen doesn’t have any borders on all sides very little has changed here. These missing borders are annoying when you have a white background.

While I’m waiting … I’m having a look at Windows Server 2016. The task bar is not visible anymore as both taskbar and desktop are black.


hmm, was the taskbar removed and the icons on the application on lower part of the desktop default to small icons? Something else to get used to I guess.

And the SharePoint installer is finished. That took about 10 minutes or so.


So that installation was quite easy so far.


and the wizard appears. Still the same wizard screens as in 2010 so just next, next, finish again. Why can this ugly grey not be replaced with a bit more SharePoint 2016 like screen.


I hadn’t installed SQL server yet so I better do that now as I’m asked fro a db server. I’m trying to install everything on a single server. I’m using SQL Server 2016 Community Technology Preview 3.2

Again all the standard options selected.

Now I’m getting to the new stuff in SharePoint 2016. The SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard.


in this screen you select what kind of server you are installing. in my case I’m selecting single-server, but in a multi-server farm it is now easy to separate search, front-end, application and distributed cache. So this means that 4 servers is probably a good base setup.

Then the wizard does its job for a while.


and after quite a wait my central admin appears. My machine is now really struggling as I went for just a light weight machine in Azure.


Wow, this is amazing it’s just like SharePoint 2013.

More to follow as I will have a look at what else is new in the administration and user experience side of SharePoint 2016

















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By Pieter Veenstra

Business Applications and Office Apps & Services Microsoft MVP working as a Microsoft Productivity Principal Consultant at HybrIT Services. You can contact me using

One thought on “SharePoint 2016 – Installing SP2016 on-premises in the cloud”
  1. Interesting. We are planning to setup a hybrid SharePoint environment once 2016 is ready with mysites in the cloud and certain important sites on prem at our datacenter.

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