SharePoint 2016 Installation and Configuration – Step by Step

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This article helps you to install SharePoint Server 2016 (Preview), I am using Azure VM for this demo/article and I will install Single-Server installation of SharePoint Server 2016 with Database server. I am not seeing any major different in this release with respect the Installation.

Note: In this example, I am using SQL server and SharePoint in single VM

Preparation Phase


  • VM 1: Active Directory & DNS
  • VM 2: SharePoint and SQL Server – Single Server Farm


  • SQL Server 2014 SP1
  • SharePoint Server 2016 – Preview

Service Accounts and Permissions

The following article provides information about the administrative and service accounts that you need for an initial SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview deployment. Additional accounts and permissions are required to fully implement all aspects of a production farm.

The following article describes SharePoint administrative and services account permissions for the following areas: Microsoft SQL Server, the file system, file shares, and registry entries.

Command-Line Installation


Installation Phase


The installation phase contain the following procedures,

  1. SQL Server Installation
  2. SharePoint Server 2016

SQL Server Installation


The following steps will be followed to install the SQL Server 2014 SP1,

Login to the VM with SharePoint Setup account

Mount the SQL Server ISO file, if you already download the ISO file on the VN where you want to install SharePoint.


Run the SQL Server Setup EXE.



Click the “Installation” tab


Click the “New SQL Server stand-alone installation or add features to an existing installation” 



On the Product Key page, enter the valid licence key. Note: If you are using MSDN subscription the key will be included in the ISO file.








The “SQL server feature installation” is selected by default so don’t change since we are trying to setup SQL server for SP 2016.



Please select only the relevant features, since its Dev/Test VM I have selected all features.

Note: Database Engine service is must.


Select Default instance.


Data base Engine Instance(




Click Next.





Add the SharePoint Setup Account (select Add Current User).  








Once SQL server is installed successfully, Start the SharePoint Installation. This SP 2016 installation is not changed much from SP 2013.  

SharePoint Server 2016 Installation


The following steps will be followed to install the SharePoint 2016 Pre-requisite,

 Run the Pre-requisite EXE using SharePoint Setup Account.



The prerequisites has to be installed first before the installation of SharePoint Server 2016, the prerequisites installation can ask for restart multiple time. Start the prerequisites installation as shown below,





 Run the SharePoint Server setup exe, once the Pre-requisite installed successfully.



Enter key “NQTMW-K63MQ-39G6H-B2CH9-FRDWJ” for SharePoint Server 2016 Preview release.












Configuration Phase


















Service Application & Services Configuration Wizard












SharePoint 2016 – Central Administrator 





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