Hybrid Self-Service Site Creation Now Available in SharePoint Server 2016

Hybrid self-service site creation allows an administrator of SharePoint Server 2016 to redirect the site creation experience to SharePoint Online where users are prompted to create sites through the modern site and group creation flow.

To configure hybrid self-service site creation:

Install the November 2017 Public Update for SharePoint Server 2016.

Once installed, the option to configure hybrid self-service site creation will be available in SharePoint Central Administration.

To configure hybrid self-service site creation, select the Web application to configure and follow the configure options.


Hybrid self-service site creation respects your hybrid audience settings. If you use a hybrid audience, members of the hybrid audience will be redirected to SharePoint Online for self-service site creation, while on-premises only users will continue to be directed to self-service site creation in SharePoint Server.

When a user visits the self-service site creation Url on-premises, they will be redirected to the SharePoint Online site/group creation flow.

To learn more about hybrid self-service site creation in SharePoint Server 2016 visit https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt844720(v=office.16).aspx.

Announcing Availability of Feature Pack 2 for SharePoint Server 2016

When we launched SharePoint Server 2016, we shared the vision for SharePoint Server 2016 as a foundational release, born in the cloud, and built for continuous innovation. Today we’re pleased to announce our continued investments on this journey and commitment, the availability of Feature Pack 2.

Through the September 2017 Public Update for SharePoint Server 2016 we’re delivering several new features based on customer feedback and developer needs, highlighting these investments, the SharePoint Framework.

The SharePoint Framework (SPFx) is a page and web part model that provides full support for client-side SharePoint development, easy integration with SharePoint data and support for open source tooling. With the SharePoint Framework, you can use modern web technologies and tools in your preferred development environment to build productive experiences and apps on SharePoint that are responsive and mobile-ready from day one!

Feature Pack 2 for SharePoint Server 2016 contains the foundation of modern web part hosting and editing experiences, including core SPFx APIs, SPFx package deployment, and property panes.

To learn more about these enhancements refer to https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=856819.

Download Feature Pack 2 at https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt715807(v=office.16).aspx#BKMK_2016.

Feature Pack 2 also delivers all of the features previously included in Feature Pack 1 for SharePoint Server 2016, including:

To learn more about Feature Pack 1 refer to https://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?linkid=832679.

Learn more about SharePoint Server 2016, Feature Pack 2, and beyond at Microsoft Ignite BRK2422.


SharePoint Server 2016 and beyond…

Today at the SharePoint Virtual Summit, we unveiled the latest innovations for SharePoint and OneDrive, including powerful integrations across Office 365, Windows and Azure – and while we continue to drive forward with a cloud-first, mobile-first vision – we’re excited to also announce new innovation for our customers on-premises.

When we launched SharePoint Server 2016 in May of 2016, we shared a vision of a server that was cloud-born and future-proof.  A new, modern version of SharePoint that shared a codebase with SharePoint Online enabling us to deliver at a more rapid cadence.  Innovation that is born in the cloud, innovation to help you succeed with the cloud, and most importantly, innovation based on your feedback.

Over the past year, we’ve made significant progress against those goals, shipping our first Feature Pack, Feature Pack 1, introducing compelling new cloud coexistence capabilities, and making SharePoint Server 2016 available via the Microsoft Azure Platform Gallery.

Get technical resources for SharePoint Server 2016 at https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc303422%28v=office.16%29.aspx.
Learn more about Feature Pack 1 at https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt744526(v=office.16).aspx.
Jump start your journey to the cloud at http://hybrid.office.com/.

Up Next
Just as we innovate for business users and IT professionals, last week we unveiled new capabilities for developers and partners to extend SharePoint experiences and build custom applications for SharePoint and Office 365. We enhanced the SharePoint Framework with new extensions for sites and libraries. We added endpoints to Microsoft Graph, and new webhooks.  You can learn more about these announcements at dev.office.com.

And, today, we announced that we will bring the first components of the SharePoint Framework to SharePoint Server 2016 with Feature Pack 2, later this year. This will enable developers to use a modern, client-side development model to create web parts and solutions that can power new solutions on-premises, in hybrid experiences, and in Office 365.

While Feature Pack 1 was one that delivered IT innovation to our customers of SharePoint Server 2016 with new compliance, coexistence, and deployment investments, Feature Pack 2 is designed to bring the latest developer investments with the SharePoint Framework.


Watch the short video here that demonstrates and shares more details about these investments and hope to see you at Microsoft Ignite where you can learn more about what’s next for SharePoint on-premises, in between, and in the cloud.

Q: When will Feature Pack 2 be available?
A: Feature Pack 2 will be available in Fall 2017.  Stay tuned to http://blogs.office.com/sharepoint for updates.

Q: Will there be another version of SharePoint on-premises?
A: We’re committed to our on-premises and have no plans to make SharePoint Server 2016 our final version of our on-premises server.

SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2 Hybrid Scenarios

SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2, released on November 18th, 2015, introduces several new hybrid capabilities that drive end-user familiarity and provide further abstraction of Office 365 when coexisting with SharePoint on-premises to include a new hybrid extensible App Launcher and profile redirection.

Extensible App Launcher

The App Launcher is a familiar feature in Office and it’s now been extended to SharePoint Server 2016. The App Launcher provides a common location to discover new apps and navigate SharePoint on-premises and Office 365.


The extensible hybrid app launcher is designed to help you get to your Office 365 apps and services from SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2.  The extensible App Launcher is enabled when enabling hybrid Team Sites and/or OneDrive for Business, once you enable this feature, you’ll see the Office 365 Delve and Video apps, along with your custom Office 365 tiles, appear in your SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2 app launcher.

The Extensible Hybrid App Launcher is a SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2 feature that requires Office 365 functionality which is scheduled to roll out during December 2015 and January 2016.

Learn more about the Extensible App Launcher at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=715519.

Profile Redirection

Profile redirection is a component of the hybrid Team Sites feature introduced in SharePoint Server 2013 Service Pack 1.  Profile redirection, in a hybrid Team Sites configuration redirects cloud (hybrid) users to their profile in Office 365 powered by Office Delve ensuring hybrid users have a single place for their profile information.

Learn more about Profile Redirection at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkId=708802.

Hybrid Team Sites

Hybrid Team Sites provides a solution to help hybrid users reconcile and rationalize site membership and discovery across SharePoint on-premises and Office 365.  For example, if you're a member of several team sites in your organization, you may want to start following them for easy access.  When you follow a team site, it gets listed on your Sites page.  When you follow sites, you can quickly navigate to libraries on these sites from OneDrive for Business or the Sites tile on-premises or in Office 365.

When a user follows a site, a link to that site is added to the user's Followed Sites list. If you're using both SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2 and SharePoint Online, your users will have different followed lists for sites in each location. Hybrid sites features consolidates the information from both locations into the SharePoint Online list in Office 365.

Learn more about Team Sites at https://technet.microsoft.com/library/mt346108(v=office.16).aspx.

OneDrive for Business

In SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2, you can redirect users to OneDrive for Business in Office 365 when they click OneDrive or Sites in the navigation bar. This is known as OneDrive for Business hybrid.

With this feature, no matter where they are, users can quickly access their documents and any information that they choose to sync from their SharePoint sites. This best-of-both-worlds approach lets you keep your key business information in your own environment while allowing users the flexibility to access their documents from anywhere.

With this feature, you can continue to use your on-premises SharePoint farm while providing your users with an easy way to store, share, and collaborate in the cloud with OneDrive for Business in Office 365.

Learn more about hybrid OneDrive for Business at https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn627523.aspx.


SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2 provides two discrete hybrid search scenarios, Cloud Hybrid Search introduced in August 2015 to SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview and SharePoint Server 2013, in addition to the classic federated hybrid search scenario, introduced in SharePoint Server 2013.

Cloud Hybrid Search

The Cloud Hybrid Search scenario represents the next generation in hybrid search and discovery.  With the cloud hybrid search solution, both your on-premises and Office 365 crawled content is unified in a search index hosted in Office 365.  When users query your search index in Office 365, they get search results from both on-premises and Office 365 content.  The content metadata is encrypted when it’s transferred to the search index in Office 365, so the on-premises content remains secure.  You configure search in Office 365, except for the crawling set-up, which you do on SharePoint Server.

Learn more about cloud hybrid search at http://connect.microsoft.com/office/SelfNomination.aspx?ProgramID=8647&pageType=1.

In SharePoint Server 2016 Beta 2 a Cloud Search Service Application can be created in SharePoint Central Administration; however, onboarding requires running the onboarding script that can be downloaded via link above. 

Federated Hybrid Search

Federated hybrid search is a hybrid search scenario in which a query issued by a user is federated or distributed across on-premises and Office 365 returning a set of results from each location as discrete entities.  In a federated hybrid search scenario on-premises crawled content is stored on-premises in the search index and Office 365 content in the search index in Office 365 with no affinity between the two data sets.  Federated hybrid search can be configured in inbound, outbound, or bi-directional hybrid topologies.


User searches from the SharePoint Server 2013 Search Center display hybrid results. This is called outbound hybrid search. For information about how to set up outbound hybrid search, see Display hybrid search results in SharePoint Server 2013.


User searches from the SharePoint Online Search Center display hybrid results. This is called inbound hybrid search. For information about how to set up inbound hybrid search, see Display hybrid search results in SharePoint Online.

Hybrid Scenario Picker

The hybrid scenario picker is a new feature in Office 365 that simplifies the configuration and deployment of hybrid capabilities with SharePoint Server 2013 and SharePoint Server 2016.  You can use the scenario picker wizard to redirect OneDrive for Business to SharePoint Online, and/or to make a Server-to-Server (S2S)/OAuth connection for your SharePoint Hybrid features.

Learn more about the Hybrid Scenario Picker at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=620229&clcid=0x409.

Extranet Sites 

An extranet site in SharePoint is a site that organizations create to let external users have access to relevant content and to collaborate with them. Extranet sites allow a way for partners to securely do business with your organization. The content for your partner is kept in one place and they have only the content and access they need. They don’t need to email the documents back and forth or use some tools that are not sanctioned by IT.

Traditionally, deploying a SharePoint on-premisesextranet site involves complex configuration to establish security measures and governance, including granting access inside the corporate firewall, and expensive initial and on-going cost.

But with O365 SharePoint Hybrid extranet, partners connect directly to a members-only site in Office 365, without access to the corporate on-premises environment or any other Office 365 site. Office 365 Extranet sites can be accessed anywhere.

Learn more about hybrid Office 365 Extranets at  http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=537696&clcid=0x409.

Document Collaboration

Recently a new attachment option has been made available in Office 365. In Exchange 2016, this option, known as document collaboration, allows on-premises users to integrate attachments stored on OneDrive for Business directly in their Outlook on the web clients.

Learn more about Document Collaboration at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=715521.

Get Started with SharePoint Hybrid

SharePoint Hybrid is about connecting best of both worlds, on-premises and Cloud, together and achieve business values through hybrid pillars.

A hybrid solution can help your company get started in the cloud, taking a first step to explore the cloud functionality at own your pace. A hybrid environment enables enterprise users to be connected from almost anywhere to the resources and content they need.

Learn more about hybrid SharePoint at http://hybrid.office.com/.

Durable Links in SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview



Durable Links provide a resource Id based link for Web Application Open Platform Interface Protocol (WOPI) documents served by SharePoint and Office Online Server. The resource Id assigned to individual documents is stored in the content database related to the source document. When using Durable Links when a user selects a link to a specific document, SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview looks up the file by the resource Id and opens it in Office Online Server Preview.  Durable Links allow documents to be moved and renamed without affecting the integrity of the linking Url associated with a document.



Example (Renaming a Document)

In the illustration below a document exists with the Title property Lorem Ipsum Dolor Sit Amet.docx with the absolute Url https://<server>/Shared%20Documents/Lorem%20Ipsum%20Dolor%20Sit%20Amet.docx?d=w6143f2e64bb84649aef201322eacd269.


In the illustration below the source document Lorem Ipsum Dolor Sit Amet (Final).docx with the absolute Url https://<server>/Shared%20Documents/Lorem%20Ipsum%20Dolor%20Sit%20Amet%20(Final).docx?d=w6143f2e64bb84649aef201322eacd269.


In either scenario the link will return the original document based on the resource Id assigned to the document (w6143f2e64bb84649aef201322eacd269).

To learn more about new and improved features in SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview visit https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt346121(v=office.16).aspx.