7 Reasons to Install Feature Pack 1 for SharePoint 2016

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.

  1. Serious Minrole improvements reducing the number of servers significantly with support for small and medium farms.
  2. Better support for Global Navigation (Hybrid or Not) including custom tiles
  3. Improved compliance with logging for central admin actions and logging for PowerShell actions for improved troubleshooting, and insights, auditing, and more.
  4. Modern on premises One Drive improvements supporting improved adoption
  5. Unified Hybrid auditing and compliance
  6. Hybrid Taxonomy across SharePoint 2016 and Office 365
  7. OneDrive API

Here are the steps to deploy a new SharePoint Server 2016 farm with Feature Pack 1 from scratch:

  1. Install SharePoint Server 2016, but do not create a farm yet.
  2. If you’d like to add support for additional languages, install the appropriate SharePoint Server 2016 language packs.
  3. 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.
  4. 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

Expect the next major Feature Pack in 9-12 months.

2017-02-27T10:27:43+00:00 February 27th, 2017|

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