What’s deprecated or removed from SharePoint Server 2016

Features deprecated in SharePoint Server 2016

The following features and functionality have been deprecated or removed in SharePoint Server.

Duet Enterprise for Microsoft SharePoint and SAP cannot be deployed with SharePoint Server 2016. SharePoint Server 2016 doesn’t have any Duet components, so it will not install.

If you want to deploy Duet Enterprise for Microsoft SharePoint you must use SharePoint Server 2013 Enterprise Edition.

SharePoint Foundation 2013 remains available for use. For more information, see SharePoint Foundation 2013.

Previous releases of SharePoint Server included SharePoint Foundation, a free edition of SharePoint that included most of the core functionality and architecture provided by the commercial editions of SharePoint. SharePoint Foundation is no longer available in the SharePoint Server 2016 release.

SharePoint Server 2016 doesn’t support the standalone install option, so it is no longer available in the setup program. Use the MinRole feature during installation and choose one of the available install options. The Single Server Farm option where everything is installed on the same computer is supported for dev/test/demo purposes. When you use this option, you must install SQL Server yourself and then run the SharePoint Server 2016 farm configuration wizard.. For more information, see “MinRole farm topology” in New and improved features in SharePoint Server 2016.

Earlier versions of SharePoint used ForeFront Identity Manager client (FIM) to synchronize between Active Directory and SharePoint. SharePoint Server 2016 no longer uses FIM as the synchronization client. The default process is Active Directory Import. You can also use any synchronization tool such as Microsoft Identity Manager 2016, or any third-party tool. We’ll soon release tools to help you deploy and configure Microsoft Identity Manager 2016 to work with SharePoint Server 2016 for identity synchronization.


Excel Services and its associated business intelligence capabilities are no longer hosted on SharePoint Server. Excel Services functionality is now part of Excel Online in Office Online Server (this is the next version of Office Web Apps Server), and SharePoint users can use the services from there. For more information, see Office Online Server now available, Office Online Server, and Configure Excel Online administrative settings.

If you currently use Excel Services in SharePoint 2013 and upgrade to SharePoint Server 2016 you must also deploy Office Online Server with Excel Online to ensure Excel Services functionality remains available.

The following Excel Services functionality has been deprecated:

  • Trusted data providers
  • Trusted file locations
  • Trusted data connection libraries
  • Unattended service account
  • Excel Services Windows PowerShell cmdlets
  • Opening of Excel workbooks from SharePoint Central Administration site

The following Excel Services functionality requires Excel Online in Office Online Server:

  • Viewing and editing Excel workbooks in a browser (with or without the Data Model)
  • Excel Web Access web part for SharePoint
  • ODC file support (no longer requires Data Connection Libraries)
  • Programmability features such as JavaScript OM, User Defined Function Assemblies, SOAP and REST protocol support

Work Management Service Application

The Work Management Service Application has been removed from SharePoint Server 2016. The My Tasks and associated Exchange Task Sync features have also been removed from SharePoint Server 2016. Both of these features required the Work Management Service Application.


We recommend that you use Windows PowerShell when you perform command-line administrative tasks. The Stsadm command-line tool has been deprecated, but it is included to support compatibility with previous product versions.

Author: "Sharepoint Thoughts"

I’m a Microsoft Certified IT Professional with 5+ Years Experience on SharePoint Technologies. Worked extensively on “SharePoint 2007”, “SharePoint 2010”, “SharePoint 2013” & “SharePoint 2016” on Implementation, Configuration & Troubleshooting several Projects.

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