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Install SharePoint 2016 - Hardware and Software requirements

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This article lists the official [1] hardware and software requirements for SharePoint 2016. Please note that the following numbers are probably going to change.

SharePoint 2016 hardware and software requirements

Hardware Requirements

Application Server + Web Server

Please note that these numbers might change over time and depend on your own requirements.

SharePoint Server Hardware requirements - 3-tier farm
Scenario Processor RAM Hard Disk
3-tier farm,
Development or Evaluation,
Minimum Services enabled
64-bit, 4 cores 12 GB 80 GB for system drive
80 GB for second drive
3-tier farm,
Pilot, User Acceptance or Production,
All Services enabled
64-bit, 4 cores 16 GB 80 GB for system drive
80 GB for second drive
SharePoint Server Hardware requirements - Single Server
Scenario Processor RAM Hard Disk
Single server,
Development or Evaluation,
Minimum Services enabled
64-bit, 4 cores 16 GB 80 GB for system drive
100 GB for second drive
Single server,
Pilot, User Acceptance or Development
All Services enabled
64-bit, 4 cores 24 GB 80 GB for system drive
100 GB for second drive

SQL Server

Please note that the below numbers are based on SharePoint 2013 [2] and can be seen as a starting point for SharePoint 2016. Please read "Storage and SQL Server capacity planning and configuration (SharePoint Server 2016)" [3] to estimate your own requirements:

  • For example SQL Server memory is directly related to the size of the content databases.
  • The SQL Server version [4] depends on features like backup compression, transparent data encryption, content deployment, Remote BLOB storage or business intelligence features / Microsoft Power Pivot for SharePoint.
SQL Server Hardware requirements
Scenario Processor RAM Hard Disk
Fewer than 1,000 users
Small deployments
64-bit, 4 cores 8 GB 80 GB for system drive +
additional storage [3]
Between 1,000 to 10,000 users
Medium deployments
64-bit, 4 cores 16 GB 80 GB for system drive +
additional storage

Software Requirements

SQL Server

SharePoint 2016 needs one of the following version of SQL Server:

  • SQL Server 2014 SP1, 64 bit
  • SQL Server 2016 RTM

Application Server + Web Server

SharePoint 2016 needs one of the following versions of Windows Server:

  • Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard or Datacenter, 64 bit

Other Software

The remaining software is installed automatically using the pre-requisites installer:

  • Microsoft .NET Framework version 4.6
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Native Client
  • Microsoft WCF Data Services 5.6
  • Microsoft Information Protection and Control Client
  • Microsoft Sync Framework Runtime v1.0 SP1 (x64)
  • Microsoft Identity Extensions
  • Windows Server AppFabric 1.1
  • Microsoft ODBC Driver 11 for SQL Server
  • Visual C++ Redistributable Package for Visual Studio 2012
  • Visual C++ Redistributable Package for Visual Studio 2015

The following updates are also needed:

  • Cumulative Update Package 7 for Microsoft AppFabric 1.1 for Windows Server

Resources

These are the sources that I used: