SharePoint 2016 Administrator

Course Code: SP2016ADM
Duration: 5 Days
Audience: Administrators


This SharePoint 2016 Administrator course is design for Administrators who are new to SharePoint Server Administration or who are upgrading from previous versions of SharePoint, including SharePoint 2007 and 2010.


This class is perfect for SharePoint Administrators / IT Pros who are upgrading from SharePoint 2003 / 2007 / 2010 or WSS to SharePoint 2016.

Due to some similarities between SharePoint 2013 and 2016, those who have previously attended our SharePoint 2013 Administrator class may find some content in this class repetitive and might prefer to attend our 2-day SharePoint 2016 Clinic for Administrators.

Those who have attended our SharePoint 2013 Administrator class but would prefer to have a refresh of all areas of SharePoint Administration will still benefit from this SharePoint 2016 Administrator class.


Although no previous experience of SharePoint is required some basic knowledge of Active Directory and Internet Information Server (IIS) is beneficial.

Module 0: Introduction

This module is a quick high level overview of the course outline, content covered and objectives for the week. We also cover the lab environment and get you connected to the hosted servers ready for the class.

Module 1: Hardware, Installation and patching

This module will look at the architecture of the SharePoint platform as well as the hardware requirements and minimum / recommended hardware configurations including virtualization good practices. It will include lessons on SQL good practices and understanding how SharePoint and SQL work together. It will also go through a step by step installation of a SharePoint server and scaling out with multiple servers including scripted installations and configuration. You will also learn all about the new Min Role deployment templates and you will build a Min Role farm as part of the lab. Finally, we will look at the new patching options for SharePoint 2016 including zero downtime patching.

Module 2: Farm Management

This module will be a tour of Central Administration and PowerShell management understanding the various configuration options for a farm including post installation good practice such as log file locations, The Distributed cache, mail server connection using TLS and security management of SharePoint Administrators. You will also be introduced to ULS viewer in order to troubleshoot SharePoint deployments and installations. Finally, you will learn how SharePoint farms can connect to other servers to consume services such as Office Online Server and Workflow servers.

Module 3: Web Applications

In this module we will explore the new changes to Web Applications and discover the creation and management of them in both Central Administration and PowerShell. You will learn how to use certificates with your SSL Web applications and secure them with the TLS 1.2 protocol. We will also cover the creation of hosting Web Applications for the use of host named site collections. Finally, you will learn how to optimise your Web Applications including Throttling and access policies.

Module 4: Site Collections

This module covers the creation and management options for Site Collections including good practices for database sizing and management, migrating site collections to new databases and understanding the differences between path based and host named site collections. You will learn how to create and manage site collections through central administration and PowerShell.

Module 5: Service Applications

In this module we will look at what is new, changed and depreciated in SharePoint 2016 and the architecture behind the core service applications. You will also learn how to work with multiple farm scenarios including publishing services between farms and how to scale the services. You will also learn how Min Role and service Applications align to each other and learn to scale services through both Min Role and custom farm deployment scenarios.

Module 6: Application Management

A key Service to SharePoint 2016 that allows SharePoint 2016 Administrators to setup their own on premise App marketplace hub and maintain control of the Apps stored in it and those subscribed to from the Internet Marketplace. In this module we will go through setup and configuration and publish commercial Apps into your SharePoint farm.

Module 7: Managing the User Profile Service

In this module you will learn how to build the User Profile Application and what is new in SharePoint 2016 and the options for populating your user profiles in SharePoint from various directory sources. You will learn how to leverage the new Microsoft Identity Management 2016 server for two-way synchronization and also importing objects from other LDAP sources. Finally, you will look at the new My Sites and the social options provided by this service.

Module 8: Search

This module will look at the architecture of the Search Service and discover how the new components are configured, managed and optimized for performance and resilience. You will be learning about the crawl and query capabilities in SharePoint 2016 as well as the changes from a user’s perspective. Finally, you will learn about Search scalability and deploying its components across multiple servers in your farm including custom deployed farms and Min Role farms.

Module 9: Enterprise Content Management

In this module you will be looking at all the components that make up an ECM story including Lifecycle management, compliancy and EDiscovery. You will learn Records Management, hold and delete policies and you will learn how to leverage discovery of Email as well as data from SharePoint and file shares plus learn how Data Loss Protection works in SharePoint 2016.

Module 10: Hybrid SharePoint

This module focuses on the new capabilities for SharePoint in a hybrid world including options for DR and scalability through Azure, using the Hybrid Search crawl appliance and configuring the Office 365 options for consuming and redirecting services.

Module 11: Backup and Restore

This module will be looking at the options for backing up your SharePoint farm as well as web applications and site Collection DR scenarios. You will also cover restoring data using the built in tools and via the command line.

Module 12: Upgrade

This module is concentrating on the options available for upgrading from previous versions of SharePoint and some of the key design and planning elements that need to be considered before starting an upgrade process. We will cover upgrading from SharePoint 2007, 2010 and 2013.

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