[ #SharePoint2016 ] Planning hardware and software requirements

Continuing our journey to SharePoint 2016, after Planning and architecting Distributed cache Service for SharePoint 2016, I would like to stress in this article mostly on memory requirements for SharePoint 2016.

Here are my key takeaways about requirements for SharePoint 2016:

    1. There is no change regarding processor needs on every config it’s 4 cores, 64 bits processor.
    2. There is a significant change regarding memory needs from 12 GB (for SharePoint 2013) to 16 GB for a standard SharePoint 2016 production server
    3. There is no change regarding disk space requirements
    4. There is no change regarding requirements for a stretched farm (latency  should be < 1 ms 99.9% of the time and bandwidth at least 1 Gbit/s)
    5. There is a standard evolution regarding Windows and SQL Server supported versions

All these information come from the well known pages: Hardware and software requirements for SharePoint Server 2016

For a development server, minimal memory requirements have increased from 8 GB (for SharePoint 2013) to 16 GB (for SharePoint 2016). For a dev or  eval server with all service, 24 GB is still enough !

But most importantly, for a SharePoint production server standard prerequisites have increased from 12 GB (for SharePoint 2013) to 16 GB (for SharePoint 2016).

To summarize that I did this little cheat sheet (including SP2010 and MOSS 2007):

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But things are always clearer visually! For Production servers, progression is clear:

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and with everything in one graphic:

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As far as software requirements are concerned, this a standard evolution, no revolution here.

Here is also my summary of supported configuration between Windows, SQL Server and SharePoint:

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For details you can have a look at the great SharePoint SQL Server Support Matrix and SharePoint Windows Support Matrix but always refer to Microsoft Support site and

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