Download SharePoint 2016 Feature Pack 1 (aka November 2016 CU)

Microsoft has released it’s first major update for SharePoint 2016 On premises products. As previously announced by Microsoft the size of the update is pretty smaller that previous SharePoint CUs. It is only 350MB in size.


Feature Pack 1 includes fixes and interesting new features based on customer feedback, extending support for hybrid scenarios and developer needs.

  • Administrative actions logging for common SharePoint administrative Actions in Central Administration and with Windows PowerShell.
  • MinRole enhancements to support small and medium-sized farms.
  • A OneDrive for Business modern experience.
  • Custom tiles in the SharePoint app launcher.
  • SharePoint hybrid auditing unified across site collections on-premises and in Office 365.
  • Hybrid taxonomy unified across on-premises and Office 365.
  • OneDrive API for SharePoint on-premises.

The KB articles for Feature Pack 1 aka November 2016 CU are available at the following location:

  • KB 3127940 – Update for SharePoint Server 2016 November 2016 (language independent)
  • KB 3127942 – Update for SharePoint Server 2016 November 2016 (language dependent fixes)

The download for November 2016 CU is available through the following link:


SharePoint 2016 November 2016 CU Build Numbers:

Language Independent fix: 16.0.4456.1002
Language Dependent fix: 16.0.4456.1002

To understand the different version numbers please have a look at my article which explains the different SharePoint build numbers.

You can use the SharePoint Server 2016 Patch Build Numbers Powershell Module to identify the patch level of all SharePoint components.


Additional Resources

Official Feature Pack release blog post from Bill Baer

Announcing Feature Pack 1 for SharePoint Server 2016—cloud-born and future-proof by Bill Baer

SharePoint 2016 feature pack 1 announcement technet blog post by Stefan Goßner

SharePoint Server 2016 Patch Build Numbers Powershell Module


Happy SharePointing!!!


SQL Server 2016 Generally Availability

SQL Server 2016 RTM version has been released and available to download from 1st of June. You may download the ISO from TechNet Evaluation Center, MSDN Subscriber Downloads, Visual Studio Dev Essentials, or your own Volume License server(s).

For more details on the product you may refer the announcement from SQL Server blog here and Channel9 Video on the release here


SQL Server 2016 Datasheet

Version Comparison

Download detailed information about licensing SQL Server 2016

How to Install InfoPath 2013 on Office 2016

Hey Folks!

As you may already know InfoPath 2013 was the last version of InfoPath family that Microsoft has released. But the good news is you can still use the 2013 version with Office 2016. And InfoPath 2013 will work with SharePoint Server 2016 as well.

In order to do the installation on Office 2016, If you already have the Office 2013 media proceed to Option 01 else move to Option 02.

Option 01

Do a customized installation of Office 2013 where you can select only to install InfoPath 2013

Option 02

You can download and install InfoPath 2013 (390 MB) from Microsoft Download Center using below link.


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Reset SharePoint Farm Passphrase

You might have faced a dilemma where you cant remember the SharePoint farm passphrase and now you cannot recall it.

Microsoft has given the option to change the passphrase. This can be done only using power shell and the account performs the action should have farm admin priviledges (Refer SharePoint Farm Service account in )

Once its done Run PowerShell as Administrator and then execute below commands.

$passphrase = ConvertTo-SecureString -String “<AddNewPassPhraseHere>” -asPlainText –Force

Set-SPPassPhrase -PassPhrase $passphrase –Confirm


Hope this was informative.

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Error while enabling Windows feature : NetFx3

Today I came across an error when trying to install SQL Server 2012 on Windows Server 2012 R2. There are several options to fix this error. Using Server Manager, Command Prompt or using PowerShell. Make sure you mount the OS cd before going forward. (D: is my CD Drive)

TITLE: Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Setup


The following error has occurred:

Error while enabling Windows feature : NetFx3, Error Code : -2146498298 , Please try enabling Windows feature : NetFx3 from Windows management tools and then run setup again. For more information on how to enable Windows features , see

For help, click:






Fix Using Server Manager

Open Server Manager under manage select “Add Roles and Features”. Then select .NET Framework 3.5 Features click Next


As the binaries for .NET Framework 3.5 Features not copied with the OS make sure you insert the Server OS media. You can find it in the warning as well. Click on “Specify and alternate source path” to explicitly specify the source location. In my case its D:\sources\sxs. Then resume the setup.(Just Next Finish)




Fix Using Command Prompt or PowerShell

In Command prompt as administrator and run dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFx3 /source:d:\sources\sxs

If you are using powerShell run Add-WindowsFeature NET-Framework-Core -Source D:\sources\sxs in elevated mode.


After installing .NET 3.5 I was able to install SQL 2012 successfully. Open-mouthed smile


For further details you can refer Microsoft’s support article

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