Foundation for the Future: SharePoint Server 2016
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Foundation for the Future: SharePoint Server 2016


With SharePoint Server 2016
now generally available today I’ll walk you through the
significance of this latest release from infrastructure changes which lay the groundwork
for us to deliver capabilities. born in the cloud to SharePoint
server for more rapid innovation how we’re streamlining the deployment process based on our learning from
running SharePoint in the Microsoft cloud. And finally, performance improvements and some of the new and distinct capabilities that we’re bringing to your datacenter. SharePoint server 2016
is an infrastructure investment. The beauty is on the inside. We’ve built the foundation to deliver
innovation back to SharePoint On-Premises at a much more rapid pace so that you have immediate time-to-value. There’s a couple of things that play into this. The first is a converged codebase based on SharePoint Online. We used to have a branch of code for
SharePoint online and On-Premises and, both have different trajectories. We now have one unified code base. Which means we’re not doing
the same thing twice in different ways. We can now deliver capabilities in the
same way as we do for Office 365. For example if we take a look at what many of the capabilities that you see in SharePoint server 2016 most of those were born
and tested in SharePoint online first. We cherry pick that things out
that makes sense in the cloud to deliver to you On-Premises and where these capabilities
cannot be delivered On-Premises. We’re also delivering hybrid capabilities such as hybrid search. And we’re investing in distinct on-premises capabilities such as the central administration audit log. To deliver new innovation we’ve made made changes at an infrastructure level for updates and security software and bug fix type patching. If we take an example of trains in the past the engineering train
might run for three to four years. Stopping only to deliver
a bunch of updates all at once. As we can see here, we’re stopping at SharePoint 2010 and 2013 as examples. Now, the engineering train keeps on running and delivers innovation to the cloud. And, we’re considerate around which of these innovations can be delivered to On-Premises at a pace that you can be
comfortable with on your own terms. We have evolved how we deliver updates. We refer to these updates as the feature pack model that gives you cumulative updates to
deliver you a more rapid cadence of the innovation. This model is optimized for you
to light up the features on your timeline and turn new features on and off. Our learnings from the cloud,
allow us the ability to bring value faster. The other thing we’ve solved through this release has been how to deliver updates
without taking your servers offline. A capability that we had to hone,
when operating in the cloud. Zero downtime patching is a great
capability we were able to accrue from Office 365 operations. We’ve been able to consolidate
patches into a single MSI and single MSP. Thereby reducing the footprint that patches require for SharePoint Server On-Premises by consolidating these patches we’ve also enabled them to run their upgraders online. So now you incur no downtime while you’re patching your
SharePoint environment. Beyond keeping servers online for updates there were other key learnings from
running the Microsoft cloud that we’ve baked into SharePoint Server 2016. We learned where we needed to
streamline deployments so that we could standardize how servers were built and provision for scale. A foundational change is the
standard topology via MinRole that allows for better consistency
when we service SharePoint. Let’s have a look at the MinRole experience. Here’s an example of a traditional
SharePoint server farm environment. As you can see we have a number of servers
available to us in our server farm topology. They’re described by their roles. That’s the third column in this chart. As you can see we have a front end an Application server, a Distributed Cache server a Search erver, as well as an External server. Each one of these servers is in
compliance with the MinRole topology meaning, there all running
their own designated services. We can also drill deeper into each server as well and we can look at the compliance of
each of these servers in more detail. In the event a server ever falls out of compliance we can quickly resolved that
through the MinRole options. MinRole also allows us to convert server roles. So if we do have a server role
that we would like to convert we can quickly go in and take a front end and turn that front end into a separate role such as Distributed Cache,
Application, Search, or Custom. MinRole doesn’t mean you can
no longer innovate on your front end however, if you want the benefits of MinRole you would have to limit it to the
services that we automatically provision for your MinRole topology or use a custom role. We’ve also heard from our smaller customers that MinRole requires a larger
footprint than they’re accustomed to. So, we have future plans to
deliver a new MinRole topology that enable SharePoint Server 2016
for smaller server farm environments. Standardizing on a topology also
helps greatly with performance resilience and improving up time. Beyond that though,
we’ve also expanded what’s possible. For example, a two fold increase
in search up to 500 million items per search server application. And, a two fold increase in list view thresholds. In addition, were also providing a
five-fold increase in site collections and sites as well as content databases which use to be measured in the gigabytes and now are measured in the terabytes. In addition, we’ve increased our maximum file size limit to 10 gigabytes per file. These performance enhancements
and extended boundaries are designed for SharePoint in your data center. In addition to some of the
great infrastructure investments that we were able to accrue
back to SharePoint Server 2016 from our experience running
SharePoint at scale and Office 365. We’ve also been able to bring from the cloud a great set of user investments directly from SharePoint Online to
On-Premises via SharePoint Server 2016. For example, we have new simple controls that are right above each document library. They allow you to quickly access operations related to document management
within the context of a document library. For example, I can quickly share a document or I can create new folders and new documents without ever having to navigate
to the context of the ribbon. The sharing experience has also
been made more simple. So I can quickly come in, type a name have that name resolved,
and then share that document. With Garth for example, very rapidly. In addition to these investments we’ve also invested in people centric compliance. In doing so, we have new DLP
experiences that you may be familiar with if you’ve used the Outlook client such as Policy Tips. So, as you can see here in Clinical Trials Patient Information Rather than an icon that represents the file type we have an icon indicating
that access to the item is blocked. That it conflicts with the policy within my organization. As a user, I can click on that to learn more. So, in this particular case
the item contains sensitive information which violates a policy that’s been
configured by my administrator. In addition to these investments we’re also bringing great capabilities that
combine the power of both SharePoint Server 2016 and Exchange Server 2016
in the form of modern attachments which allow you to simply
share files through the Outlook client and have those files natively be stored in OneDrive for business, on-premises, or in Office 365. So, as you’ve seen SharePoint Server 2016 was largely an infrastructure release providing a foundation for the future. SharePoint Server 2016 was born
in the cloud and is future proof. And through our new feature pack model we’ll be delivering new simple collaborative experiences increased administrative controls in addition to some great new developer capabilities. We recommend you download
SharePoint Server 2016 today. And, thank you for watching. Microsoft Mechanics www.microsoft.com/mechanics

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