Microsoft has rolled out SharePoint Server 2016 Feature Pack 1. The update comes with a host of new features for the service. In its Office Blog announcement, the company says the release highlights its commitment to make SharePoint Server 2016 an evolutionary platform.
Indeed, Microsoft has previously promised that the service will be “foundational” and will be innovated through the cloud.
In the November 2016 Public Update or Feature Pack 1, the company has added the following:
- Administrative actions logging for common SharePoint administrative actions.
- MinRole enhancements to support small and medium-sized farms.
- A OneDrive for Business modern experience.
- Custom tiles in the SharePoint app launcher.
- SharePoint hybrid auditing unified across site collections on-premises and in Office 365.
- Hybrid taxonomy unified across on-premises and Office 365.
- OneDrive API for SharePoint on-premises.
Key New SharePoint Server 2016 Features
Administrative actions logging – Admins can now conduct logging around important administrative actions. Microsoft says this helps prevent failures when troubleshooting changes to on-premises environments. This feature will help multi-admin organizations, the company adds. Administrative actions logging works though the SharePoint Server 2016 Central Administration website or through the SharePoint Server 2016 Management Shell.
MinRole enhancements – MiniRole is a farm topology in SharePoint Server 2016. With the new improvements, customers can deploy performance. The feature provides a number of predefined server roles and makes sure services run on the correct farm servers. Discussing its enhancements, Microsoft says:
“We've enhanced MinRole with two new server roles that are optimized for small and medium-sized farms: Front-end with Distributed Cache and Application with Search. Now, you can deploy a MinRole farm with just two servers or a high availability (HA) MinRole farm with just four servers.”
OneDrive for Business modern experience – now features a more modern UI thanks to “intuitive” and “beautiful” designs. Navigating OneDrive for Business is now easier, while organizing files is also simpler.
To see Microsoft's full detailed look at the changelog, visit the Office Blog at the source.