This topic describes how to build Microsoft SharePoint 2016 on an ECS instance.

Prerequisites

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Background information

Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server (Microsoft SharePoint) is a portal development environment that enables enterprises to develop intelligent portals. Microsoft SharePoint seamlessly connects to knowledge bases, individual users, and teams. Microsoft SharePoint empowers your business through efficient information processing and provides an enterprise-wide service solution. It allows you to integrate enterprise applications and flexibly choose deployment options and management tools to incorporate information from various systems.

The procedure described in this topic is applicable to users who are familiar with ECS instances and Windows Server operating systems.

The following software versions are used:
  • Operating system: Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter
  • Database: SQL Server 2014 SP1
The ECS instances described in this topic have the following specifications:
  • vCPU: 4 vCPUs
  • Memory: 8 GB

Procedure

Step 1: Add the AD, DHCP, DNS, and IIS services

  1. Purchase an ECS instance. For more information, see Create an instance by using the provided wizard.
  2. Establish a remote connection to the instance.
  3. Find and open Server Manager from the Windows taskbar.
  4. In the left-side navigation pane, click Local Server and find IE Enhanced Security Configuration in the PROPERTIES section.
    localserver
  5. Disable Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration.
    Disable Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration
  6. Add roles and features including DNS, DHCP, IIS, and .NET Framework 3.5.
    1. Click Add roles and features.
      Add roles and features
    2. Add the AD, DHCP, and DNS services. Select Active Directory Domain Services, DHCP Server, and DNS Server, and click Next.
      Add the AD, DHCP, and DNS services
    3. Add the IIS service. Select Web Server (IIS) and click Next.
      Add the IIS service
    4. In the Features step, select .NET Framework 3.5 Features.
      Add .NET Framework 3.5 features
    5. Click Next until the installation is complete.
  7. Configure the AD service. Select Add a new forest and enter a domain name in the Root domain name field to create a domain environment.
    Configure the AD domain name
  8. Set and confirm a password and click Next until the configuration is complete.
    Set the password
  9. Click Complete DHCP configuration to configure the DHCP feature.
    Configure DHCP
    1. Check the DHCP configuration and click Next.
    2. Keep the default configuration and click Commit to complete the installation.
      Keep the default configuration

Step 2: Install SQL Server 2014

  1. You can download SQL Server 2014 from its official website. For more information, visit SQL Server 2014.
    Note You can also download the database from a third-party website. Make sure that the downloaded software is secure.
  2. Install SQL Server 2014 SP1. Open the SQL Server Installation Center window and click the first installation option.
    Click the first installation option
  3. Enter the product key and click Next.
  4. Read and accept the license terms, and click Next.
  5. Complete the installation check and click Next.
  6. Keep the default configuration and click Next.
    Keep the default configuration
  7. Click Select All to select all features and click Next.
    Select All
  8. Configure the SQL Server instance. Click Default instance to use the default instance ID.
    Configure the SQL Server instance
  9. Specify the account names and passwords for SQL Server Database Engine and SQL Server Analysis Services.
    Specify the account names and passwords
  10. Click Add Current User to add the current user and click Next.
    Add the current user
  11. Click Add Current User to add the current user and click Next.
    Add the current user
  12. Click Next until the installation is complete.

Step 3: Install SharePoint 2016

  1. Install the SharePoint 2016 prerequisite installer. Open the image folder and double-click the executable file of the prerequisite installer.
    Open the executable file of the prerequisite installer
  2. In the installation wizard, click Next.
  3. Read and accept the license terms, and install necessary components.
  4. Open the Setup.exe file, enter the product key in the dialog box that appears, read and accept the license terms, and then click Continue.
  5. Specify the installation directory as needed or keep the default setting as shown in this example, and click Install Now.
  6. After the installation is complete, select Run the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard now and close the wizard.

Step 4: Configure SharePoint 2016

  1. Select Create a new server farm.
  2. Specify configuration database settings and the database access account. The database is installed on the local host. Therefore, you must specify the local IP address in the Database server field.
  3. Specify the server role.
  4. Select Specify port number and enter 10000 in the field. You can also specify another port number as needed.
  5. Check the configurations and click Next.
    Now, you can open the SharePoint Central Administration web application.