Feature Pack 1 for SharePoint Server 2016 – Feature Documentation

November 2016 CU for SharePoint Server 2016 contains several new Features:

Administrative actions logging for common SharePoint administrative Actions in Central Administration and with Windows PowerShell..

  • 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.

The table below list the different features (source: New features in November 2016 PU for SharePoint Server 2016 (Feature Pack 1)):

Feature Description More information
MinRole enhancements The MinRole feature in SharePoint Server 2016 now includes two new server roles and enhanced support for small farms. For more information, see "Minrole enhancements" in Overview of MinRole Server Roles in SharePoint Server 2016.
SharePoint Custom Tiles SharePoint administrators can now add SharePoint and Office 365 workloads as custom tiles in SharePoint app launcher. For more information, see Custom Tiles in SharePoint Server 2016.
Hybrid Taxonomy Hybrid Taxonomy is a new solution that you can use to create and maintain a shared taxonomy between your SharePoint Server 2016 farm and your SharePoint Online tenant. For more information, see SharePoint Hybrid Taxonomy.
Administrative Actions Logging The Administrative Actions Logging feature provides logging around common SharePoint administrative actions to aid SharePoint administrators in troubleshooting changes to their farm. For more information, see Using Administrative Actions logging in SharePoint 2016 topic.
OneDrive API for SharePoint on-premises and Office 365 The OneDrive API provides a support for access to files located in SharePoint Server 2016 and in Office 365. Use it to work with data stored in OneDrive and across SharePoint sites. For more information, see OneDrive API.
SharePoint Hybrid Auditing This new feature for SharePoint Server 2016 lets administrators view user activity logs in the Office 365 admin center. For more information, see SharePoint Hybrid Auditing (Preview).
OneDrive for Business modern experience OneDrive for Business end user experience has been updated with new functionalities from O365.

The OneDrive for Business modern user experience requires an active Software Assurance contract at the time it is enabled.

For more information, see Configure the OneDrive for Business modern user experience.
Comments (20)

  1. Adrian says:

    Not this post in particular, but thanks for your good work running the SharePoint one-stop-shop-blog!

  2. Greg says:

    Has anyone gotten the Custom Tiles to work? I have it installed and enabled on a web app, running get-spfeature against the site shows it is enabled.. but the http://web_app/lists/custom tiles does not exist for me..
    was referencing this for set up: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt790697(v=office.16).aspx

    1. Bart Kuppens says:

      Greg, I had the same experience… feature was already enabled, but no custom tiles list to be found. I ran the Enable-SPFeature command again but included the -Force parameter. After doing that, the list was created.

      1. Bismarck says:

        The Custom Tiles is a hidden list on the root site of the web app. Navigate to http:///lists/custom%20tiles

        1. Greg says:

          Thanks for the tips, I did try -force but still I get nothing… just 404 not found

  3. Johan says:

    Hi Stefan,

    How often will you release future Feature Packs for SharePoint 2016?

    1. Hi Johan,
      sorry we don’t have information about this.

  4. Bart says:

    Seems that the image for an empty folder in O4B is broken… it points to _layouts/15/Next/odbnext/odsp-media/images/emptyfolder/empty_?vSCT=0$$16.0.4456.1000folder.svg while it should be _layouts/15/Next/odbnext/odsp-media/images/emptyfolder/empty_folder.svg

    1. sergeNG says:

      Which file to make the modification?

      1. What modification do you mean?

    2. I have the same issue that the empty folder icon is not loaded successfully and give a 404. We are updated SharePoint 2016 to october 2018 and we have still this issue. @Stefan Goßner: when is Microsoft going to fix this?

      1. Hi Khalidelmeknesi,
        the issue was fixed in December 2018 CU released last Tuesday.

  5. Ingar Madsstuen says:

    Stefan, if pressing the Onedrive-icon does not take you into onedrive, is this equal to not having the Software Assurance?

    A customer of mine has SA, but, still won’t work.
    Any suggestions?

    1. That sounds like a different issue. I would recommend to open a support case to get this analyzed.

    1. Ivan Wilson says:

      Our problem was that we hadn’t installed the language patch (KB3127942). Once we installed this, OneDrive for Business started working again.

    2. BD says:

      I saw a similar issue with these three items coming back 404. Found that the cumulative update also changes the OneDrive user experience which includes a requirement for Software Assurance to be active. In our case, it was not and the OneDrive page kept coming up with a blank white screen. The article here ( https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/mt790696(v=office.16).aspx ) has instructions on how to set the OneDrive user experience back. This resolved the issue for me.

      $Farm = Get-SPFarm
      # It should say Version2 for the “new” UI. I needed to revert to Version1
      $Farm.OneDriveUserExperienceVersion = [Microsoft.SharePoint.Administration.OneDriveUserExperienceVersion]::Version1

      #The change took effect immediately without a need for iisreset or cycling services or servers.

  6. Abdul Mannan says:


    Anyone please provide complete installation steps , one staging env i have one web, one app and one db server. What will be the steps to install on this topology,..

    1. Hi Abdul,

      just install both binaries on the web and app server and run PSCONFIG on each of the servers.
      Of course ensure to take backups on all servers (including the DB server) before applying any updates to allow simple rollback in case of a problem.


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