SharePoint Server 2016 installation step by step

SharePoint Server 2016 installation step by step

In this post I will take you through the steps involved in SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2 installation.

System RequirementsSystem Requirement

Deployment Scenarios


  1. You need to install Windows Server 2012 with SQL Server 2014 SP 1
  2. Run “prerequisiteinstaller” provided under set up folder to install pre requisite software required by SharePoint 2016 installation.prerequisiteinstallerProducts Preparation tool
  3. Enter your product key for SharePoint 2016 Preview. You can copy it from here:

SharePoint 2016 Beta 2 trial key

4. Accept terms of software license

License Term

5. Choose default file location

File location

6. Click on Install. Run configuration wizard:

Installation Progress

Once installation has been completed, the configuration wizard will open. To complete the installation, run
through the configuration wizard:

Configuration Wizard


Configuration Wizard
7. Create a new server farm.

new server farm

8. Provide database server, database name [default SharePoint_Config] & database access account. This
account should be a domain account and not a local account.

Configuration Database

9. Specify a passphrase [can be your password]


10.  Specify server role: In SharePoint 2016, we do not have stand-alone installation available. For one machine installation also, you will have to choose single server farm.

Single Server Farm

Configure Central Administration
11. Verify your settings and click on Next.

SharePoint 2016 Configuration

12. SharePoint will start the configuration:

SharePoint Configuration

13. Once configuration is successful, you will get the “configuration successful” message. For me luckily, I was able to reach this screen without getting any error. if in case you are getting an error and not able to complete the configuration wizard successfully. Go to the end of this post and refer to few known issues which you might face during the SharePoint 2016 Server installation.

Configuration Successful

14.  Click on finish. After a while, central administration site will open. Choose Yes, I am willing to participate to make SharePoint better.

Make SharePoint Better

15.  Once you click on Ok. It would open SharePoint configuration page. You can choose Yes to walk through the configuration using this wizard option:


16. Once you click on Yes, service applications services page will open. Provide a managed account. Choose service applications and services which you would like to provision and then choose next.

Service Applications
service application

17.  Once you click on Next, you need to wait till the time SharePoint creates service applications and provision services. You can check it by opening your database server.

SharePoint Databases

18.  Once completed, you will get Create Site Collection Page. You can choose to create a site collection or cancel to go back to Central Administration home page.

Create Site Collection
19. Central Administration home page.

Central Administration
Known Issue: 

If you are getting an error “RPC Server is unavailable” in step 3 while running configuration wizard:


Add domain controller IP to Hosts file like “10.0.0.X sharepoint.local” where 10.0.0.x is the IP of your DC. In case of single server installation, this will be your machine’s IP address. For more information on this issue you can refer Microsoft Technet blog thread

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