Join Gini von Courter for an in-depth discussion in this video Deprecated features in SharePoint 2016, part of SharePoint 2016 and SharePoint Online New Features.
- [Voiceover] Before we look at what's new, let's take a look at what's not new, what's old and is being removed. First, SharePoint Foundation. This will touch more users than any other feature that's being removed. And that's because there were a lot of people who are using SharePoint Foundation. If your organization's strategy was simply to upgrade SharePoint Foundation along with your Windows when you upgraded it, you'll need to do something different for 2016. The tags and notes feature has just been taken out. It is gone.
And there were people who used this. So, if you have them in your organization, if you have folks that have a use case for this, or if you're one of the people who used tags and notes and SharePoint 2013 or in SharePoint 2010, know that you won't be able to get to those notes in 2016. However, they can be archived so that you can have at least a record that you have them. But you'll need to have some other way to be able to track information. You certainly don't want to be building new applications relying on tags and notes in 2013, 'cause we know it's going away.
Next, features that have been deprecated. Deprecated means the feature's still hanging around but it's going to go away at some point. There's no upgrade path for this feature, simply a replacement path that doesn't necessarily mean that what you had in the past will be there in the future. Excel Services are no longer being hosted in SharePoint. They're now being hosted elsewhere on another server, an Office server, Office Online Server for example. And this is the new server that's replacing Office Web App Server.
Now, if you are using Office Web App Server and you upgrade that, or if you start running your Excel services on an Office Server, that's just great. But there are still some things that never are going to be available there. For example, trusted data providers and trusted file locations will not be supported in the new environment. And neither will trusted data connection libraries, which means that if you are creating applications right now or creating business solutions, you don't want to build them in 2013 or design them for 2016 assuming that trusted data providers, file locations, or connection libraries are available.
You won't be able to run PowerShell commands for Excel services if you're an administrator. And for example, if you are running Office Online, you will need to have Excel Online available to be able to view Excel spreadsheets or edit them in a browser. And you'll also need to be able to have Excel Online to be able to use Excel Web Access web part for SharePoint. Couple of other things that are going to touch administrators more than anyone else but items that have been removed.
The first is what's called the Forefront Identity Manager client or FIM. And this was a way to synchronize Active Directory with SharePoint. This is not how this is gonna be done in 2016. You have a couple of other choices. There are some third-party tools that will be available to you. And there's also a Microsoft Identity Manager 2016 coming along to allow for this kind of synchronization. And finally, the sts admin EXE tool. This is from the old SharePoint team sites. And this was an administrative hack that allowed you not to have to use Windows PowerShell.
It's still here but it's actually being deprecated. So, you should think of this as a tool that you want to switch away from. This is a great time for you to get very familiar with using Windows PowerShell rather than stsadm.exe. Those are our major features that have been removed or deprecated. Now, let's go see what's new for us in SharePoint Online and SharePoint Server 2016.
- New file storage limits
- Durable links
- Office 365 next-gen portals
- Configuring sites and OneDrive
- Compliance and data-loss prevention
- Deletion policies