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August, 2015:

Installing SharePoint 2016 Preview in Single Server Farm Mode

Yes, here are some videos on how to install SharePoint 2016 Preview in Single Server Farm Mode using Windows Server 2012 R2 and SQL Server 2014.installingSP16

Some assumptions here:

  • VM is already join to a domain
  • SP_Admin is a local administrator and we are log as it
  • VM has two disk volumes C:\, D:\
  • SharePoint 2016 Preview ISO is mounted already
  • SQL Server 2014 ISO is mounted already
  • VM has internet access

Step 1: Install Prerequisites

Step 2: Install SQL Server 2014

Step 3: Install SharePoint 2016 Preview

SharePoint 2013 working with Exchange 2010 and office 2010

Friends, as part of a SharePoint 2013 Deployment process make sure you understand the customer base configuration for desktop computers and also other enterprise applications that integrates with SharePoint like Exchange Server.

As you may know, SharePoint 2013 has a bunch of features that work together with other products, specifically Exchange Server 2013 and Office 2013. Feature like Site Mailbox, Exchange Task Sync have direct dependency, so what happen if the customer has Exchange 2010 or Office 2010 in the desktop?

You will have customer complaining about why the Task Sync feature is not working. Probably they will report the following error “We weren’t able to sync your tasks. This could be because your mailbox is on an Exchange server that isn’t supported for syncing tasks. Please contact your administrator for more help”.

So please avoid unsatisfied customers, if Exchange Server 2010 and Office 2010 is the supported software make sure you disable Farm Level Exchange Task Sync feature so when users want to Sync task Outlook 2010 will fire up. So navigate to SharePoint Central Admin site and go to Manage Farm Features, deactivate the Farm Level Exchange Task Sync.

Deactivate Task Sync feature, works with Exchange Server 2013

Deactivate Task Sync feature, works with Exchange Server 2013

This change will not impact the Work Management Service Application, so you still get the consolidated task view in you User Profile page. So now you can have Office 2010 playing nice with SharePoint 2013

SharePoint 2013 playing nice with Office 2010

SharePoint 2013 playing nice with Office 2010

 

Creating a Business Intelligence Center in SharePoint 2013

You may think is so simple just to go to Site Actions – Site contents and add a new Sub Site using the Business Intelligence Center site template. But there are some considerations that you need to evaluate first because those can impact you end user experience.

Do you need your Business Intelligence Center at the Site Collection or a Sub Site level?

  • Site Collections
    • Site Collection level means that you site is the root level of the entire site hierarchy. Site Collections are containers of sites and sub sites. Site Collection has a set of configuration controls that can impact the settings of all the site hierarchy. So ask yourself if your BI Center is going to be a Hub for hosting multiple dashboard or BI solutions for your organization/division or group.
    • Creating a Business Intelligence Center at Site Collection Level requires you to access the SharePoint Central Administration site and use the Application Management options, use the Create Site Collection link and provide the site collection information, don’t forget to select from Enterprise Tab the Business Intelligence Center Site Template.
Create site collection option in Central Administration

Create site collection option in Central Administration

  • Site / Sub Site
    • Site or Sub Site means that you site will be a sub site under an existing Site Collection. Site or Sub Site are also container of sites and sub sites and have a limited set of configuration controls that only affect the actual site. So ask yourself if your BI Center is going to be targeted just for your area or group, if you need to publish dashboard that your particular department team members are going to access and consume.
    • Creating a Business Intelligence Center at Site or Sub Site level requires you to have 2 features activated at Site Collection level and Site Level, so before creating the sub site navigate to the top level site in you site collection, select Site Actions – Site Settings – Site Collection Features and activate PerformancePoint Services Site Collection Features and SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure, then navigate to the site that is going to be the parent site of the BI Center sub site and navigate to Site Actions – Site Settings – Site Features and activate both PerformancePoint Services Site Collection Features and SharePoint Server Publishing Infrastructure. Then select Site Actions = Site Contens and add select Add new sub site, then provide the site information and select under the Enterprise Tab the Business Intelligence Center Site Template. The required features are:
Features required to be activated in order to create a BI Center in SharePoint 2013

Features required to be activated in order to create a BI Center in SharePoint 2013

 

Summary

When you activate a feature in reality you are provisioning functionality and capabilities to you Site Collection or Site / Sub Site, does your users need to have those features?. For example, if you have a Team Site and activate the Publishing Infrastructure features, now you will have a new set of functionality for handling pages and publications, like 7 new libraries in your Team Site for dealing with page publications also new apps for PerformancePoint.

Libraries added by the Publishing Infrastructure Feature

Libraries added by the Publishing Infrastructure Feature

If you are evaluating Business Intelligence Features, just create a new site collection dedicated to BI Center only totally isolated from the rest of the steam site. Whenever you need to activate a feature in your site or site collection, please identify and consider the implications of provisioning new capabilities.