Today I had the pleasure of attending a pre-conference as part of the ignite conference here in Atlanta about SharePoint 2016 Upgrade and operations deep dive. It was an all-day look into the aspects of SharePoint 2016 and what you can do as a professional to prepare yourself for the new features and some best practices to follow once you get ready to head down the road of moving to the newest version of SharePoint.
It was given by some great speakers such as:
Each speaker did multiple sessions on different content and aspects of moving to SharePoint 2016.
The subject areas covered in the talk were architecture considerations, prerequisites of the product, topology planning, upgrade, Office Online Server, patching, and new features.
Probably the most exciting part of the day was the demo of zero downtime patching and a small announcement that will be sure to make big waves once it comes out.
Min Role is a big part of SharePoint 2016, and during the talk today we were allowed to know that there are improvements coming to min role that will allow businesses with smaller farms be able to have zero downtime patching just like the bigger farms of the world with more than eight SharePoint servers!
THIS IS GOING TO BE HUGE!!! This will be a game changer I think as patching goes. It will finally allow many smaller farms to have less downtime and interruptions from patching.
Plus from what many people in today’s session said that I didn’t realize is that the QA testing for 2016 has improved leaps and bounds over 2013 and 2010 patching.
I’m so excited for this and hope to be able to demo this as soon as it is released.