Try the SharePoint 2016 Preview
SharePoint 2016 Trial tutorials by Peter Kalmström
SharePoint 2016 is the new version of SharePoint that is
intended to be installed on your servers, on-premises.
For now, we have the Preview (Beta) version, which gives
a good indication of things to come. In a series of demos
Peter Kalmström, CEO and Systems Designer of kalmstrom.com
Business Solutions, shows how to set up a trial environment
for the SharePoint 2016 Preview.
To set up a similar evaluation environment you need a Domain
Controller, an SQL server and a SharePoint server. It is
possible to run all three roles on one machine, but Peter
likes to keep them apart. That way he gets a better performance,
and he can re-use the Domain Controller and the SQL server
for other purposes.
In his demos Peter installs all three servers in Microsoft
Azure, but most of the principles and steps described in
the SharePoint 2016 Trial tutorials are the same
if you are using your own virtual or physical servers.
This is how Peter sets up his trial environment:
- He creates a virtual network and three new virtual
machines. Two of them are based on specific Azure templates
that contain the SharePoint 2016 Beta and the latest
Beta version of SQL Server. The third is a Windows Server
- He adds the new virtual machines to the Remote Desktop
- He promotes the Windows Server 2012 machine to Domain
Controller and joins the other two machines to the newly
- He sets the SQL Server permissions and turns off
the firewall on the SQL Server machine (not recommended
- He creates managed accounts for the SharePoint farm
account and the SharePoint services account.
- He runs the SharePoint setup wizards to complete
the SharePoint 2016 installation.
- He makes a quick walkthrough of the new look and
points out some of the new features, especially the
hybrid features that allow you to connect an on-premises
SharePoint server with an online SharePoint.