SharePoint Designer 2016 and InfoPath 2016 in SharePoint Server 2016, What’re the alternatives?

On 20 January 2016,  Microsoft announced the availability of SharePoint Server 2016 Release Candidate (RC) that is an update to SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2 and can be installed over Beta 2, but it was not included InfoPath 2016 and SharePoint Designer 2016 as SharePoint Server 2013 RC!

SharePoint Designer 2016 and Infopath 2016

You should be aware of the below facts about SharePoint Designer 2016 & Infopath 2016:

  • InfoPath 2013 and SharePoint Designer 2013 will be the last versions of those products.
  • SharePoint Designer is not being re-released with SharePoint Server 2016.
  • Microsoft will continue to support custom workflows built with SharePoint Designer and hosted on SharePoint Server 2016 and Office 365.
  • The support for InfoPath 2013 and SharePoint Designer 2013 will match the support lifecycle for SharePoint Server 2016, running until 2026.
  • SharePoint Designer 2013 will still be used, against SharePoint 2013 and 2016 on-premises and SharePoint Online, for the same purposes it has always been used.
  • InfoPath 2013 will still be used to create InfoPath Forms Libraries and to customize SharePoint list forms.

SharePoint Designer 2016 and InfoPath 2016, What're the alternatives?

So In this article, I’ll dig to find alternatives for SharePoint Designer 2016 & InfoPath 2016 by answering the below questions:

  1. What’re the alternatives for SharePoint Designer 2016 and InfoPath 2016?
  2. Have you ever heard about the PowerApps?!
  3. Have you ever heard about the Microsoft Flow?!
  4. Is PowerApps and Microsoft Flow supported for SharePoint 2016 On-Prem?
  5. Did you consider Microsoft FlowPowerApps are replacing SharePoint Designer 2016 and InfoPath 2016 in SharePoint 2016?
  6. How to get started with PowerApps and Microsoft Flow?

Continue reading SharePoint Designer 2016 and InfoPath 2016 in SharePoint Server 2016, What’re the alternatives?


The first Cumulative Update for SharePoint Server 2016 after RTM

On 24 August 2016 Microsoft announced availability of SharePoint Server 2016 Preview  that not recommended to install it in production environment.


On 18 November 2015  Microsoft announced availability of SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2 that not recommended to install it in production environments.also you can’t upgrade from Preview to Beta 2. Continue reading The first Cumulative Update for SharePoint Server 2016 after RTM

Installing SharePoint Server 2016 step by step

In this article, I will show How to

Install SharePoint Server 2016 Step by Step

Install SharePoint Server 2016 Steps

  1. Download SharePoint Server 2016.
  2. Identify System Requirments.
  3. Identify Deployment Scenarios.
  4. Identify Operating System Requirments.
  5. Identify .Net Framework.
  6. Identify SharePoint Database Server Requirements.
  7. Identify SharePoint Prerequisite.
  8. Demonstrate SharePoint Installation Steps.

Note: The installation is similar to the older versions of SharePoint except MinRole Topology which is introduced for the first time in SharePoint 2016.

Download SharePoint Server 2016

  • You can download SharePoint Server 2016 from here.

Minimum SharePoint Server 2016 System Requirments.

Database server running a single SQL instance.

  • Processor:64-bit, 4 cores.
  • RAM: 12-24 GB.
  • HardDisk : 80 GB for system drive, 100 GB for second drive.

Web server or application server in a three-tier farm.

  • Processor:64-bit, 4 cores.
  • RAM: 8-16 GB.
  • HardDisk : 80 GB for system drive, 100 GB for second drive.

Deployment Scenarios.

  • Workgroup: Unsupported.
  • Domain Controller: Developer Installation.
  • Client OS: Unsupported.
  • Dynamic Memory: Unsupported.
  • Windows Web Server: Unsupported

Operating System Requirements.

.NET Framework.

  • Windows Server 2012 R2: SharePoint 16 requires .NET Framework 4.5.2
  • Windows Server Technical Preview “Threshold”: SharePoint 16 requires .NET Framework 4.6.

SharePoint Database Server Requirements.

  • SharePoint Server 2016 requires SQL Server 2014 for its databases. You can download SQL Server from the TechNet Evaluation Center.
  • In addition SharePoint Server 2016 will support SQL Server 2016.  For additional information on SQL Server 2016 click here.

SharePoint Server 2016 Prerequisites

You can use Prerequisite Installer (prerequisiteinstaller.exe) to install all Prerequisite online.SharePoint-Server-2016-Preparation-Tool

Offline Download SharePoint 2016 Prerequisites 

You can also install it manually by following the bit mentioned steps below:

SharePoint Server 2016 Installation Steps:

  • Double click on SharePoint 2016 Preview installer,

Install SharePoint Server 2016 step by step

  • Click Install software prerequisites to install all prerequisites component online.


  • Accept Licence Agreement and Next to show the progress of the installation.


  • Restart your server.

Install SharePoint Server 2016 Step by Step

Note: After restart may be facing the following error “Microsoft .NET Framework to disable RC4 in Transport Layer Security, you need to install the security update for .net framework”, So you can download the security patch from Microsoft Download Center.

  • Run the Prerequisites again so you can see the problem is resolved the installation completed.

Install SharePoint Server 2016 Step by Step

  • Now from the first window select Install SharePoint Server, When prompted, use this SharePoint Server 2016 product key: NQTMW-K63MQ-39G6H-B2CH9-FRDWJ.

SharePoint Server 2016 product key

  • Again accept the license agreement.


  • Choose the file location for SharePoint server and search server files. Search index files need sufficient free space. then click install now.


  • After installing run configuration wizard and click close.

Note: if you want to install SharePoint Language Pack, uncheck “run configuration wizard”, then install SharePoint Language Pack, and after that run SharePoint configuration wizard.



  • Click Next.

Run SharePoint-Server-2016-Configuration-Wizard-Started

  • Select Create a new server farm.


  • Enter the database server and database access account with (Dbcreator,SecurityAdmin) as server role (Farm Account).
  • then press Next.



  • Type the passphrase, click Next.


  • You should now see a new screen that not found before in all previous SharePoint versions. It’s a Minrole feature.
    • MinRole provides an out-of-the-box experience that provides topology recommendations, simplifies on-premises server farm deployments, and reduces the unit of scale to simplify capacity planning while providing predictable performance characteristics through enabling selective provisioning of SharePoint server roles based on position and function within a topology.
    • A predefined server role is configured and optimized for its intended purpose provisioning the expected services designed to support its function within a server farm environment.
    • MinRole enables an administrator to select the appropriate server role for a specific server when provisioning SharePoint Server 2016 based on five (5) predefined configurations:
      • Special LoadReserved for services to be isolated from other services, I.e. 3rd party, PerformancePoint, etc.
      • Web Front End: Services end user requests, optimized for low latency.
      • Single Server Farm: Provisions all services on the server for a single server deployment.  This role is provided for evaluation and development purposes.
      • Search: Reserved for Search services.
      • Application: Services the backend jobs or the requests triggered by backend jobs, optimized for high throughput.
      • Distributed Cache: Services distributed cache for the farm. Optionally, the server assigned to this role can load balance end-user requests among the web front ends.
  • In this article, I will use a single-server farm installation so I will go with the last option. Click Next.

MinRoles In SharePoint 2016


  • Specify the port for Central Admin or can use the default, Click Next.


  • Review the settings and Click Next.

SharePoint-Server-2016-Configuration-Wizard-CompletedInstall SharePoint Server 2016 Step by StepInstall SharePoint Server 2016 Step by Step

Applies To
  • SharePoint 2016.

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