Category: IT Pro

A SharePoint cultivate is an arrangement of Servers inside a SharePoint Installation that offers a typical design database (SharePoint_Config). The setup database will store every settings and SharePoint farm information inside SharePoint_Config database. SharePoint cultivate is made, while running SharePoint items and design wizard without precedent for a SharePoint Server.


Moving Sharepoint Server 2016 between farms

In this article will let you know how to disconnect a SharePoint server from Farm A, then connect to Farm B. With this method, it will help you to ultilize a server with installed SharePoint software inside, so that you don’t have to setup a new SharePoint server for Farm B and reduce installation effort.

In this situation, the configuration database has already been created and hosted by Central Admin server from Farm B, it means the farm is already setup, we just join another SharePoint server to this farm. All what we have to do is Disconnect the SharePoint server from existed farm B, then connect it to existing SharePoint farm B.

Anyway there can be examples, where you have set up different SharePoint Farms, each having their own particular Configuration database and you need to move a Server between the farms.

Disconnect Sharepoint Server from old farm (Farm A)

From the start menu, run SharePoint 2016 products and configuration wizard.

Sharepoint Configuration Wizard

Sharepoint Configuration Wizard

System will launch Configuration Wizard. Click Next to go to the next screen. Then select Disconnect from this Server farm option and below and click Next.

Disconnect from Farm

Disconnect from Farm

Confirm this action by click Yes to continue


Then system will start configuration process to remove the current server to current farm. You need to wait some munites to complete the configuration progress and click Finish to close the wizard.

Disconnect Farm In Progress

Disconnect Farm In Progress


Join SharePoint Server to new farm (Farm B)

After complete disconnect the sharepoint server to current farm, next step, we need to connect and join the new farm (Farm B) by run SharePoint 2016 Products Configuration Wizard once again to connect new farm configuration wizard. But in this time, we can have to Connect to existing farm as below and click Next.

Connect to new farm

Connect to new farm

Input the Database Server and configuration database corresponding with the new farm. The configuration wizard will base on this configuration info to setup SharePoint server as application or font-end with your input.

Connect to SharePoint Configuration DB

Connect to SharePoint Configuration DB

In the Specify Farm Security Settings screen, you need input the passphrase, which was setting up when the Farm was initially created. The passphrase is always required whenever you want to joined a server to the farm.

Input Passphrase

Input Passphrase

The Specify Server Role page, you able to set the option for the Mini Role. Mini Role is a new feature introduced in SharePoint Server 2016.

SharePoint Min Role

SharePoint Min Role

Click Next to go to the summary page, make sure everything is specified as your expectation, otherwise, you can click Back to modify. The Advanced Settings button, give you option to define the current Server will host Central Administration or not.

Use this machine to host Central Admin

Use this machine to host Central Admin

Click OK when you ready for installation progress

Connect farm in progress

Connect farm in progress

Click Finish to complete and SharePoint Production Configuration dialog.

Configuration Successful

Configuration Successful

To verify for this new server, you can go to Servers in Farm page from Central Admin of Farm B, then you will find the new server was added to the server list.

New Server Added to SharePoint Farm

New Server Added to SharePoint Farm


With this method, we can make some benefits:

  • Reduce installation effort for setup SharePoint Prerequisite components
  • In case need to move a server from UAT to Production more faster and easier
  • Dynamic switching between servers across farms

SharePoint Server 2019 has a new, modern design that works perfectly across screens—whether you’re working with tablets and phones, laptops, or desktops – it’s beautiful and fast, familiar, and yet intuitive. SharePoint Server 2019 gives you instant access to the people, content, and apps you work with the most. You’ll spend less time searching for information and more time working with it.


SharePoint Server 2019 helps ensure that you have access to the information they need, regardless of the screen you choose to access it on.


User experience improvements

SharePoint Server 2019 delivers innovations in user experience from SharePoint Online, with improvements to document libraries and navigation constructs that are consistent with Office 365.

These updates have proven successful in driving adoption in Office 365, and will now benefit SharePoint Server.   Using the cloud as a baseline, we’re bringing the most compelling communications and collaborative experiences to customers of SharePoint 2019.  These investments include the introduction of Communications Sites, Team News, and modern Team Sites to include Lists and Libraries and in support of broader data mobility the Next Generation Sync Client (NGSC) support for reliable access to your documents – anywhere, anytime.

SharePoint 2019

Screenshot of a SharePoint Server 2019 Team Site on a PC and mobile device side-by-side.


Platform enhancements

As with SharePoint Server 2016, for SharePoint Server 2019 we continue to derive our on-premises server from our platform investments in SharePoint Online with new native support for hybrid scenarios that can be configured during your deployment.


Business process improvements

We know that customers worldwide use SharePoint to support collaboration, search, business process automation, and custom business applications; and we know that many customers rely on SharePoint Server for mission-critical workloads. We know it’s not always easy to move your business, your workloads, to the cloud so we’re investing in supporting the use of process automation and forms technologies such as Microsoft PowerApps and Flow to connect with your on-premises data with 2019.


Key Features

  • Modern Sites, Pages, Lists, and Libraries
  • Team News
  • SharePoint Home
  • Communication Sites
  • OneDrive Sync Client
  • Improved hybrid support and scenarios
  • New developer options
  • Improved support for business process with PowerApps and Flow

SharePoint Server 2019 has been optimized for the way you work, with a familiar, consistent view of information, collaboration, and process. At the same time, IT will benefit from a comprehensive, easily managed and integrated platform that meets the needs of the business today and tomorrow.

Software innovation, like almost every other kind of innovation, requires the ability to collaborate and share ideas with other people, and to sit down and talk with customers and get their feedback and understand their needs.

– Bill Gates

SharePoint Server 2019 has been developed applying these principles – listening to our customers’ feedback and understanding their needs…  Later this Summer we’ll invite you to experience SharePoint Server 2019 as part of our Preview release – look for details soon!



SharePoint Server 2019 will be generally available to customers in H2 CY18.  SharePoint Server 2019 Preview will be available to customers in Summer 2018.

Dynamics 365 demo

Dynamics 365 demo

Now you can demonstrate Dynamics 365 from multiple regions! You may now request tenants from 4 regional data centers in North America, EMEA, APAC, and India. Regional tenants allow you to demonstrate how we can add local data residency, failover and disaster recovery to help effectively address the legal and regulatory needs of customers in industries like banking, public sector and healthcare.

Continue reading

Most small and medium-size businesses need the agility and cost savings that come with switching to Microsoft Office 365. But with the contradictory information out there, not many understand what making the switch to the cloud really means.
Office 365 provides a vast number of features that skyrocket productivity, give security extra punch, and enable agility — all while saving money. But unfortunately, a lot of businesses are hesitant about working in the cloud because of old perceptions that simply aren’t true.

Continue reading

A SharePoint team site connects you and your team to the content, information, and apps you rely on every day. For example, you can use a team site to store and collaborate on files or to create and manage lists of information. On a team site home page, you can view links to important team files, apps, and web pages and see recent site activity in the activity feed.

Continue reading

As you might know, I have been doing some light Microsoft Ignite coverage the last few days. After seeing what I just saw, there’s no way I can convey all the awesomeness that Microsoft just announced about SharePoint and OneDrive. I couldn’t wait, so I’m sitting in the Expo hall right now writing this as fast as my fingers can move.

Continue reading

In one of the earlier articles, I have showed you to set the default OneDrive for Business storage space with the help of GUI. However, this article focuses on setting the default OneDrive for Business storage space with the help of PowerShell commands.

Continue reading

If you’re a browser-based user of Office 365 you’ll see some changes. Microsoft has given the online version of their productivity suite a spruce up, refreshing the application launcher and improving the search tool. There’s a also a task-based tool that suggests which tool to use to best complete a particular job

The changes, which are being rolled out progressively o ver the next couple of months, don’t change the apps themselves – that happen quite frequently – but rather how you get to things. It started with a new URL –

Continue reading

After releasing of a series of Office apps for iOS such as Office365 Administration, PowerBI, Delve, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, OneDrive,…, As announced at the “Future of SharePoint” event on May 4th from Microsoft about they are working on the new SharePoint mobile app. On 21-Jun-2016, Office365 administrators got a official inform message about SharePoint mobile App for iOS release. With this app, Now you can untether and take your intranet with you in your pocket. Stay connected to important content, sites, portals and people from across your intranet while on the go. In the mean time, Microsoft is also working on Android and Windows Universal versions, which we expect to release before the end of this year. Below is some quick review about this product.

Avaialble for download
From 21-Jun-2016, the new SharePoint mobile app is available in the Apple App Store. It’s free download with your iCloud account.


Cloud and Onpremise support
After download, You can install the SharePoint mobile app on your iPhone, iPad or iPod. You can then sign in with SharePoint Online or SharePoint on-premises (2103 & 2016 version support) from the welcome screen.


Both SharePoint online and SharePoint Onpremise supported. 

The Sites tab
From this tab, SharePoint app list all sites that you visit frequently and sites you’re following. This sites come from different site collections. If you click on a site to see recent activity, recent files and the site’s assets (documents, lists, subsites, pages and more). If your webpage is not support to transfer to mobile view, you may got the unsupport message or you can change to desktop view by click on tool box menu at bottom.


Access project site and check for all project document with mobile reable PDF and Office files. Vietnamese language was fully supported and display correctly.

You can also access left menu navigation and click on List menu to see all deployed applications as well as site content.


Check for all deployed applications and site content

All SharePoint data were displayed as list view event if that application is standard list, Calendar, customized list, Links, or Tasks,… look like below


Calendar with events were displayed as list view.

The Links tab
This tab list all sites which based on your permission or allowed for everyone in your company. If you are using Office365, this site come from available SharePoint site collection that created by SharePoint admin. For Office 365, I as expected for applications associated with subscription as such Microsoft Delve, Office 365 Video,… but I can not find them from list tab.


Not much data for links and resources link SharePoint app – Links tab

The People tab
As a staff directory phonebook, but list tab only listed for people that you are working with such as your members, your supervisor or colleagues. By tap on a contact, you can see their personal info like Fullname, Jobtitle, Phone, Email,…


People contact list and personal detail info

From the first look, this release of SharePoint mobile iOS app works well with Office 365 SharePoint Online. For SharePoint onpremise, administrator should improve functionality to make it compatible with SharePoint mobile app like resources as well as People directory. I didn’t test this app with SharePoint 2016. But from my point of view, this app bring to SharePoint users a good concept. While Microsoft improve this app and develop for Android and WinMobile, you can try to use it and give Microsoft your idea and feedbacks via:
User Voice:
Or you can email to me for helping on bring your idea to MVP community and Microsoft Product team.
Hoang Nhut NGUYEN
Skype: hoangnhut.nguyen

Office 365 users can now get started on the OneDrive experience on SharePoint Document Libraries.. This functionality was  launched into Office 365 libraries last week. The new menus for document are really what users have been seeing for years in their OneDrive and drives uniformity on SharePoint 2016. This new UI has been tested on OneDrive for Business and allows us to get a glimpse of the future plan for SharePoint.

Right now this function is optional to all business subscription, the new document library is actually turned offon  almost every sites automatically. Users can chose to utilize it in their respective groups then decide to revert it back or not after testing it it out. The new Office 365 menu sneak peek is available by clicking the “Check it out” button. Users can press the x to close it or check it out.

Continue reading

%d bloggers like this: