SharePoint 2016 Preview is here

As many of you know, recently Microsoft has released the Preview of their new version of SharePoint, SharePoint 2016!

For those people that wanted to try out, there you have the link to download the file: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=48712

But first, I would recommend to read the next lines in order to keep up all in mind

System Requierements

Scenario Deployment type and scale Processor RAM Hard disk
Database server running a single SQL instance Development or evaluation installation with the minimum recommended services 64-bit, 4 cores 12-16 GB 80 GB for system drive

100 GB for second drive

Database server running a single SQL instance Pilot, user acceptance test running all available services 64-bit, 4 cores 16-24 GB 80 GB for system drive

100 GB for second drive and additional drives

Web server or application server in a three-tier farm Development or evaluation installation with the minimum number of services 64-bit, 4 cores 8-12 GB 80 GB for system drive

80 GB for second drive

Web server or application server in a three-tier farm Pilot, user acceptance test running all available services 64-bit, 4 cores 12-16 GB 80 GB for system drive

80 GB for second drive and additional drives

  • SharePoint Server 2016 is supported on Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows Server Technical Preview.
  • SharePoint Server 2016 requires SQL Server 2014 for its databases.
  • Introduce a new concept called MiniRole. This is to ensure that a request is serve by a front end in particular. Possibility of configure different MiniRoles on each one of the servers of the farm.
Role Name Description
Special Load Reserved for services to be isolated from other services, I.e. 3rd party, PerformancePoint, etc.
Web Front End Services end user requests, optimized for low latency.
Single Server Farm Provisions all services on the server for a single server deployment.  This role is provided for evaluation and development purposes.
Search Reserved for Search services.
Application Services the backend jobs or the requests triggered by backend jobs, optimized for high throughput.
Distributed Cache Services distributed cache for the farm. Optionally, the server assigned to this role can load balance end user requests among the web front ends.
  • SharePoint Server 2016 will support upgrade from SharePoint Server 2013.  To upgrade from SharePoint Server 2013 to SharePoint Server 2016, you can use the database-attach method to upgrade
  • Is NOT possible to upgrade from SharePoint 2016 Preview to SharePoint 2016 RTM, so take into account for your tests 😉

If you would like to get more information about SharePoint 2016 I would recommend the following:

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