This topic describes how to build Microsoft SharePoint 2016 on an Elastic Compute Service (ECS) instance.

Background information

Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server (Microsoft SharePoint) is a portal development environment that allows enterprises to develop intelligent portals. Microsoft SharePoint can be integrated with knowledge bases so that individual users and teams can connect to the environment. Microsoft SharePoint empowers your business by streamlining information processing and providing enterprise-wide service solutions. 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 and Windows Server operating systems.

The software described in this topic uses the following versions:
  • Operating system: Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter
  • Database: SQL Server 2014 SP1
The ECS instances described in this topic have the following specifications:
  • 4 vCPUs
  • 8 GiB of memory


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

  1. Create an ECS instance. For more information, see Create an instance by using the wizard.
  2. Connect to the ECS 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.
  5. Disable Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration.
    Disable Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration
  6. Add roles and features including Domain Name System (DNS), Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), Internet Information Services (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 3.5Net
    5. Click Next to complete Add Roles and Features Wizard.
  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 a password, confirm the password, and then click Next to complete Active Directory Domain Services Configuration Wizard.
    Set a 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 configurations and click Commit to complete DHCP Post-Install configuration wizard.
      Keep the default configurations

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 SQL Server 2014 from a third-party website. Make sure that the downloaded software is secure.
  2. Install SQL Server 2014 SP1. Open SQL Server Installation Center 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 configurations and click Next.
    Keep the default configurations
  7. Click Select All to select all features and click Next.
    select all
  8. Configure the SQL Server instance. Select Default instance to use the ID of the instance.
    Configure the SQL Server instance
  9. Specify the usernames and passwords for SQL Server Database Engine and SQL Server Analysis Services.
    Specify the usernames and passwords
  10. Click Add Current User to add the current user and then click Next.
    Add the current user
  11. Click Add Current User to add the current user and then click Next.
    Add the current user
  12. Click Next to complete the settings of SQL Server 2014.

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 based on your needs or keep the default configurations and click Install Now.
  6. After SharePoint 2016 is installed, 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 user. The SQL Server 2014 database is installed on your computer. Therefore, you must specify the IP address of your computer 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 based on your needs.
  5. Check the configurations and click Next.
    After you perform the preceding steps, you can open the SharePoint Central Administration web application.