SharePoint 2016 installation step by step guide

This SharePoint tutorial we will discuss, SharePoint server 2016 installation step by step. Here I am trying to install SharePoint 2016 in a Windows Server 2012 R2 64 bit machine.

I have installed SQL Server 2014 Service Pack-1 which is also 64-bit. You can see step by step SQL server 2014 installation guide.

SharePoint 2016 installation step by step

First of all download SharePoint Server 2016 from MSDN Site.

I will personally suggest you download using the IE browser. I have faced one issue when I downloaded using the Google Chrome browser. It gave me an error like SharePoint Server 2016 installation error Setup cannot find or validate an installation file and I have solved by using this article.

Once you download the setup file (.ico), you can extract it and put it inside a folder.

You can also check the Hardware and Software Requirements for SharePoint 2016 as well as the browsers supported for SharePoint 2016.

Check out some SharePoint 2016 installation errors.

SharePoint Server 2016 Prerequisites Installation

Before installing SharePoint 2016 we need to install a few prerequisites which are necessary for SharePoint 2016. In the installation folder, SharePoint provides a prerequisiteinstaller.exe which will install all the necessary prerequisites.

Open the folder and click on prerequisiteinstaller.exe. You can see the required prerequisites like below:

sharepoint 2016 installation step by step

Once you click on Next, in the next screen it will ask you to accept the terms. Accept the terms and click on Next as shown in the fig below:

sharepoint 2016 installation

Then you can see you will start on the prerequisites, first, it will configure Application server role, web server role like below:

SharePoint 2016 installation step by step guide

You can also see it will try to install .Net framework 4.6 like below:

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Once the prerequisites installed successfully, it may ask you to restart the machine, after restart also it may do some configuration if it was not fully completed before installation.

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Once the prerequisites installed successfully it will display an Installation Complete message like the below. Make sure that it should not have any error before running the setup file.

sharepoint 2016 installation and configuration

After this, we can run the setup file. Double click on the setup file, then it will prepare necessary files like below:

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Then it will ask you the product key. Below are the two trial product keys provided by Microsoft for SharePoint 2016. Put one like below:

  • Enterprise trial product key: NQGJR-63HC8-XCRQH-MYVCH-3J3QR
  • Standard trial product key: RTNGH-MQRV6-M3BWQ-DB748-VH7DM
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Then accept the terms like below and click on Continue.

step by step installation of sharepoint 2016

Then it will ask you to choose a file location, by default it will appear like below, You can change if it required.

step by step installation of sharepoint server 2016

Then the installation will start like below, it will take some time.

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Once the installation over, it will ask you to Run Configuration Wizard, like below, select the checkbox and click on Close.

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Once it will start the Configuration wizard it will show to keep database name and database server and the username and password like below:

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This it will show a warning message that below services may be restarted.

  • Internet Information Services
  • SharePoint Administration Service
  • SharePoint Timer Service
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Then it will ask you to connect to an existing server farm or to create a new server farm. Here we will try to create a new server farm.

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This step is really important here. We need to give the database server name, database name (automatically it takes as SharePoint_Config). Then we need to give a username and password which will have below access to the database server:

  • dbcreator
  • public
  • securityadmin

While installing SharePoint 2016 one time I got an error that says the rpc server is unavailable.

Also if you will not choose a domain account you might see issues like below:

The username is invalid. The account must be a valid domain account.

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Then we need to provide a Passphrase that is required to secure farm configuration data and is required for each server that joins the farm.

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This is one of the new features known as MinRole which came in SharePoint 2016. It provides various roles for the server like below:

  • Front-end
  • Application
  • Distributed Cache
  • Search
  • Custom
  • Single-Server Farm

We are choosing here Single-Server Farm.

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Then it will display the port number which has been taken, you can check the checkbox to give your own port number.

And the choose the authentication provider as NTLM. Click on Next.

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Then it will display the details configuration settings like configuration database server, database name, central administration URL, authentication provider, local server role, etc.

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Then it will start the 10 step process like below:

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It will go on like below.

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Once the installation over it will show a configuration successful message like below:

how to install sharepoint server 2016

Once the installation over, it will open the central administration wizard. There click on Configuration Wizards. Then click on Start the Wizard like below:

sharepoint 2016 installation step by step

Then either use an existing managed account or you can create a new managed account. Then check the checkboxes the services you want to configure. This will take some time to process.

sharepoint 2016 installation

Once it is successful your farm is ready to use. You can create a web application and site collection to use.

If you get any time out an error you can rerun the configuration wizard again and if you can also check Operations started by an earlier run of the Farm Configuration Wizard are still in progress error while rerunning the wizard.

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Bijay Kumar

I am Bijay from Odisha, India. Currently working in my own venture TSInfo Technologies in Bangalore, India. I am Microsoft Office Servers and Services (SharePoint) MVP (5 times). I works in SharePoint 2016/2013/2010, SharePoint Online Office 365 etc. Check out My MVP Profile.. I also run popular SharePoint web site SharePointSky.com

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