Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Add Links to Resources List in SharePoint Central Administration

The Resources list in SharePoint Central Administration site lets you to keep frequently accessed links to the home page. Say for e.g. To access User profile service application, you'll have to navigate through:
  • Central Administration >> Application Management 
  • Manage Service Applications >> Search and pick your user profile service Application
in some other cases, you'll find a difficulty in navigating To-And-Fro in SharePoint Central Administration. So, Resources list comes handy to manage this hassle. Just add your frequently accessed links to it! When you log into SharePoint Central Administration site, you'll see the Resources link list in right pane.
Consider Resources list as your Favorites or Bookmarks List!
sharepoint 2013 central admin resources list
To Add a link/remove links in resources list:
  • Click on "Resources" link from SharePoint Central Admin home page (or your can Click the gear icon and click Site Contents >>  Find the Resources list)
  • From here you can add or delete the link like any list item.
    sharepoint 2013 add link to resources list in central admin
This saves time and effort, especially if you have trouble finding service applications in Central Admin.

Populate Resources List using PowerShell:
Lets use PowerShell to add items to Resources list in SharePoint Central Administration site.
Add-PSSnapin Microsoft.SharePoint.Powershell -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue

#Get Central Administration Site
$CentralAdminUrl = Get-SPWebApplication -includecentraladministration | where {$_.IsAdministrationWebApplication} | Select -ExpandProperty URL

#Get Resources list from Central Admin
$List = (Get-SPWeb -identity $CentralAdminUrl).Lists["Resources"]

#Get Service Applications to add to Resources List
$ServiceApps = Get-SPServiceApplication | Where {($_.TypeName -eq "Excel Services Application") `
                                 -or ($_.TypeName -eq "Managed Metadata Service") `
                                 -or ($_.TypeName -eq "User Profile Service Application") `
                                 -or ($_.TypeName -eq "Search Service Application") `
                                 -or ($_.TypeName -eq "Business Data Connectivity Service Application") }

#Loop through and Add Links to Resources list
foreach ($App in $ServiceApps)
{
    $Item = $List.Items.Add()
    $Item["URL"] = "$($App.ManageLink.Url), $($App.DisplayName)"
    $Item.Update()
}

Write-Host "Service Application Links added to Resource List!" -f Green


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Thursday, December 15, 2016

How to Create SharePoint 2016 Farm using PowerShell

Creating SharePoint 2016 farm using PowerShell is almost as same as in its previous version. In SharePoint 2016 there is an additional parameter -LocalServerRole added as SharePoint 2016 introduced MinRoles.

Pre-Requisites:
  • SQL Server is already installed and ready to use.
  • You have created a Farm account for SharePoint 2016.
  • You have logged in to the server (Setup account) which has Administrator access on all SharePoint servers and DB_Creator, Security_Admin Server roles in SQL Server.

Step 1: Install SharePoint 2016 prerequisites and binaries to each server in your proposed SharePoint 2016 farm.
install sharepoint 2016 farm using powershell
On completing the installation, Uncheck "Run the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard now" and close the wizard.
create new sharepoint 2016 farm with Powershell

Step 2: PowerShell Script to Create SharePoint 2016 Farm:
Save the below script as "Create-Farm.ps1" or something like that, change the configuration settings parameters as per your environment. Open SharePoint 2016 Management Shell as Administrator, and run the script. You'll see
"The local farm is not accessible. Cmdlets with FeatureDependencyId are not registered."  error for the first time, which is quite normal, since we have not created the Farm yet! proceed running the script.

#Configuration Settings 
$DatabaseServer = "SP16-SQL"
$ConfigDatabase = "Intranet_Farm_Config"
$AdminContentDB = "Intranet_Farm_Content_Admin"
$Passphrase = "2FJlsXghFsas5vdJJKEXXwWF"
$FarmAccountName = "Crescent\Sp2016admin"
$ServerRole="SingleServerFarm"

#Get the Farm Account Credentials
$FarmAccount = Get-Credential $FarmAccountName
$Passphrase = (ConvertTo-SecureString $Passphrase -AsPlainText -force)
  
#Create SharePoint Farm
Write-Host "Creating Configuration Database and Central Admin Content Database..."
New-SPConfigurationDatabase -DatabaseServer $DatabaseServer -DatabaseName $ConfigDatabase -AdministrationContentDatabaseName $AdminContentDB -Passphrase $Passphrase -FarmCredentials $FarmAccount -LocalServerRole $ServerRole

$Farm = Get-SPFarm -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue -ErrorVariable err  
if ($Farm -ne $null) 
{
Write-Host "Installing SharePoint Resources..."
Initialize-SPResourceSecurity
 
Write-Host "Installing Farm Services ..."
Install-SPService
 
Write-Host "Installing SharePoint Features..."
Install-SPFeature -AllExistingFeatures
 
Write-Host "Creating Central Administration..."              
New-SPCentralAdministration -Port 2016 -WindowsAuthProvider NTLM
  
Write-Host "Installing Help..."
Install-SPHelpCollection -All  
 
Write-Host "Installing Application Content..."
Install-SPApplicationContent
  
Write-Host "SharePoint 2016 Farm Created Successfully!"
} 
Once the script completed successfully, You'll see farm created successfully message. Here I've used "SingleServer" as MinRole. You can adjust it based on your requirement.

Add Additional Servers to the SharePoint 2016 Farm:
Once you are done with the creation of the SharePoint 2016 farm from first server, You can connect rest of the servers to the Farm either using SharePoint products configuration wizard or with PowerShell.

Open SharePoint products configuration wizard and choose "Connect to an existing server farm" and run through the wizard! Select the server MinRole as per your topology.
powershell script to create sharepoint 2016 farm

Join Additional Server to the SharePoint 2016 farm using PowerShell:
If you prefer PowerShell way to add an additional server to the farm, use this PowerShell script.  
$ServerRole="Application"
#"Custom","WebFrontEnd","Application","DistributedCache","SingleServerFarm","Search","ApplicationWithSearch","WebFrontEndWithDistributedCache"

Connect-SPConfigurationDatabase -DatabaseServer $DBServer -DatabaseName $DBName -PassPhrase $SecurePassPhrase -LocalServerRole $ServerRole
 
Write-Host "Installing SharePoint Resources..."
Initialize-SPResourceSecurity
 
Write-Host "Installing Farm Services ..."
Install-SPService
 
Write-Host "Installing SharePoint Features..."
Install-SPFeature -AllExistingFeatures
 
Write-Host "Installing Help..."
Install-SPHelpCollection -All  
 
Write-Host "Installing Application Content..."
Install-SPApplicationContent
  
Write-Host "Joined the Server to Farm Successfully!"
If you don't want the server to host Distributed cache, use the parameter: -SkipRegisterAsDistributedCacheHost and the end!
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