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Feature Pack 1 for SharePoint Server 2016 now available

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Today’s post was written by Bill Baer, senior product manager for the SharePoint team.

When we launched SharePoint Server 2016, we shared our vision that it would be a foundational release, born in the cloud and built for continuous innovation. Today, we’re pleased to announce our next step on this journey with the availability of Feature Pack 1.

Through the November 2016 Public Update for SharePoint Server 2016, we’re delivering several new features based on customer feedback, extending support for hybrid scenarios and developer needs, including:

  • Administrative actions logging for common SharePoint administrative actions.
  • MinRole enhancements to support small and medium-sized farms.
  • A OneDrive for Business modern experience.
  • Custom tiles in the SharePoint app launcher.
  • SharePoint hybrid auditing unified across site collections on-premises and in Office 365.
  • Hybrid taxonomy unified across on-premises and Office 365.
  • OneDrive API for SharePoint on-premises.

Administrative actions logging

SharePoint administrators spend time troubleshooting administrative changes to their on-premises environment that can result in failure conditions or other undesired effects. To aid in troubleshooting, especially in the increasingly common multiple administrator set-ups, we have added logging around key SharePoint administrative actions performed either through the SharePoint Server 2016 Central Administration website or through the SharePoint Server 2016 Management Shell.

MinRole enhancements

MinRole is the new farm topology in SharePoint Server 2016 that simplifies your deployment experience and improves performance and reliability. Based on a set of predefined server roles, MinRole takes the guesswork out of making sure that services are running on the right servers in your farm. You decide what services you want to run in your farm, and MinRole handles the details of where they should run.

We’ve enhanced MinRole with two new server roles that are optimized for small and medium-sized farms: Front-end with Distributed Cache and Application with Search. Now, you can deploy a MinRole farm with just two servers or a high availability (HA) MinRole farm with just four servers. Our farm topology guidance has been updated to cover the full range of MinRole farm sizes.

OneDrive for Business modern experience

The new look and feel is clean, intuitive and beautiful; the navigation is simple to understand and use, and you always have frequently used actions like upload, edit and share just one click or touch away. We’ve also made it easier to keep your files organized with easy selection and drag-and-drop features that work just like folders on your PC. And power users will notice that familiar keyboard commands and right-click options make working with your files even faster. The OneDrive for Business modern experience is available to Software Assurance customers.

Custom tiles

The App Launcher provides quick and easy access to all your SharePoint and Office 365 workloads. Now, you can also add your own custom tiles that point to other SharePoint sites, external sites, legacy apps and more. This makes it easy to find the relevant sites, apps and resources to do your job.

OneDrive API

Build a quick integration that allows your users easy access to OneDrive files from within your app. Now, with OneDrive for Business support, you can build a robust file management and workflow app for your line of business.

The OneDrive API provides a set of HTTP services to connect your application to files and folders in OneDrive Personal, OneDrive for Business and document libraries in SharePoint Online. OneDrive API makes it easy to connect your app to your user’s files across Office 365 and access the advanced functionality of files in OneDrive and SharePoint.

In addition to the updates above, we’re extending support for additional hybrid scenarios with SharePoint and Office. Hybrid provides a bridge between your existing on-premises SharePoint investments and Office 365. With Feature Pack 1, we’re introducing two new hybrid scenarios, auditing and taxonomy.

SharePoint hybrid auditing (preview)

Microsoft SharePoint Insights is a new hybrid feature that aims at helping administrators manage their SharePoint infrastructure by giving them access to various reports and dashboards in Office 365. The reports generated from SharePoint 2016 Preview on-premises diagnostic and usage logs.

If you opt in for this service, audit logs get collected and uploaded to Office 365 regularly. From the Office 365 dashboard, you can view auditing and activity reports that show usage and reliability patterns in your SharePoint Server farm.

Hybrid taxonomy (preview)

Taxonomy is key to promoting discoverability and access to the right information at the right time. Hybrid taxonomy in SharePoint Server 2016 allows customers to bring their taxonomy store to Office 365 enabling a single-source for creating and managing Terms, Term Sets and Groups through a single Managed Metadata Service.

Learn more about what’s in Feature Pack 1 and how to get started at go.microsoft.com. For more information, read our blog post, “Announcing Feature Pack 1 for SharePoint Server 2016—cloud-born and future-proof.”

—Bill Baer

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  1. Is the MSDN or Volume License (VL) media version available already how what is the best approach to install a brand new farm that would include the new Feature Pack?

    • SharePoint Server 2016 is available now on MSDN and the Volume Licensing Service Center, as well as the Microsoft Download Center. Feature Pack 1 for SharePoint Server 2016 won’t be released through MSDN or the Volume Licensing Service Center. Instead, it will be integrated into our monthly public updates, starting with the November 2016 Public Update for SharePoint Server 2016. You can find links to the monthly public updates in our SharePoint Updates Center at https://technet.microsoft.com/library/mt715807(v=office.16).aspx.

      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.

  2. Is this Support Policy the sames as Service Pack’s?

    • Aki, the support policy for Feature Pack 1 is the same as that of every Public Update we release. We offer full support, through our support mechanisms and forums. All of the features in Feature Pack 1, except for the two Hybrid Features (Hybrid Taxonomy and Hybrid Auditing, which are in Preview) are supported for usage in your production environments.

      For the two Hybrid features that are in Preview at this point, we recommend that you do not use them in your production environment, as we do not guarantee data completeness and SLA during Preview.

  3. After upgrading to Feature Pack 1 on-premise I’m having issues with the OneDrive landing page (My Site). It’s totally blank. The other parts of the My Site is accessible (About me, People, Blog, Programs) so the issue seems to be related to the landing page of One Drive only. Have anyone else experienced these issues?

    • The monthly SharePoint Server 2016 Public Update (PU) package, contains two patch files:

      1. SharePoint Server 2016 “core” patch
      2. SharePoint Server 2016 “MUI/language” patch

      Both of these patches (core and MUI/language) are required. The MUI/language pack must be installed, even if you do not have additional language packs installed. This requirement applies to all Public Updates, not just Feature Pack 1. 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

      The issue you describe can be caused when the “core” patch is applied, but not its corresponding “MUI/language” patch. For the SharePoint Server 2016 November PU containing Feature Pack 1, you must apply both downloads referenced KB3127940 and KB3127942. See our SharePoint Updates article, for the latest SharePoint updates and corresponding links to the downloads https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt715807(v=office.16).aspx

  4. sharepoint/onedrive issues
    1 saving my activity diary spreadsheet to one-drive repeatedly fails upload to the sharepoint site
    2 suddenly I’m not able to send a personal file to my home email, had trouble finding how to share it, not sure I’ll know how the next time
    We’re sorry, something went wrong when giving others access to the attachment.
    The message was sent, but recipients might not be able to access the attachment.
    Try opening the file central state therapy payments 2016.xlsx and giving others access to it from its current location.
    3 sometimes a file just disappears from my onedrive sharepoint site
    4 a company sharepoint site we utilize to store enhancement functional and technical specs often fails to show a file recently updated or uploaded, same for new folders –
    going into the site the next day, it shows up
    5 the down arrow disappears between clicks, takes two clicks to take effect
    6 sometimes when it refreshes, it goes to the top again
    7 I’m an SAP Business Warehouse developer/supporter, use the computer all day/every day, so these issues are not due to computer illiteracy
    8 some of my coworkers report issues finding some files since they converted to onedrive, it was found to be related to a long path to the sharepoint site, making the overall
    filename too long, gets truncated – they can still find the file on our old network drive, have to change the filename and location on their harddrive to shorten it.

    • Hi Lynne, sorry to hear that you’re having issues with SharePoint and OneDrive. Unfortunately we’re not able to troubleshoot issues through blog post comments. Please open a support case with Microsoft Customer Support so that a support engineer can work with you to investigate these issues.

      Thanks!

  5. Is there any documentation from Microsoft on the details of what actions/events/activity gets logged with the new Administrative actions logging?

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