Microsoft has released the Feature Pack 1 for SharePoint Server 2016 which comes with new features and extends support for hybrid secenarios:

  • Administrative actions logging
  • MinRole enhancements to support small and medium-sized farms
  • OneDrive for Business modern experience
  • OneDrive API
  • Custom tiles in the SharePoint app launcher
  • Unified SharePoint hybrid auditing (preview)
  • Unified Hybrid taxonomy

Let’s take a closer look to those new features:

Administrative actions logging
Logging around key SharePoint administrative actions performed either through the SharePoint Server 2016 Central Administration website or through the SharePoint Server 2016 Management Shell.

MinRole enhancements to support small and medium-sized farms
MinRole comes with two new server roles that are optimized for small and medium-sized farms: Front-end with Distributed Cache and Application with Search. With those new roles you can build a MinRole farm with just two servers or a high availability (HA) MinRole farm with four servers.

OneDrive for Business modern experience
The new UI is clean, intuitive and simple to use. Frequent used actions like upload, edit and share are just one click away. Keep your files organized with easy selection and drag-and-drop features that work like folders on your PC. You may use even keyboard commands and right-click.

OneDrive API
The OneDrive API provides a set of HTTP services to connect your application to files and folders in OneDrive Personal, OneDrive for Business and document libraries in SharePoint Online.

Custom tiles in the SharePoint app launcher
Add your own custom tiles that point to other SharePoint sites, external sites, legacy apps and more.

SharePoint hybrid auditing (preview)
Microsoft SharePoint Insights is a new hybrid feature that gives you access to various reports and dashboards in Office 365. If you opt in for this service, audit logs get collected and uploaded to Office 365 regularly. From the Office 365 dashboard, you can view auditing and activity reports that show usage and reliability patterns in your SharePoint Server farm.

Hybrid taxonomy (preview)
Hybrid taxonomy in SharePoint Server 2016 allows you to bring the taxonomy store to Office 365 enabling a single-source for creating and managing Terms, Term Sets and Groups through a single Managed Metadata Service.

Ok, cool – where can I download the Feature Pack 1 and how to install it? Great question – read this post SharePoint 2016 Cumulative Updates: November 2016 (Feature Pack 1)