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SharePoint 2016 Central Admin – Configuration Wizards – Launch the Farm Configuration Wizard

When you click on the Launch the Farm Configuration Wizard Link, you will be landed on Configuration wizard page. This page will let you configure SharePoint farm (Including service applications and basic content Web Application).

SharePoint Designer Settings page’s direct link: /_admin/adminconfigintro.aspx?scenarioid=adminconfig&welcomestringid=farmconfigurationwizard_welcome

If you installing the SharePoint than at the end of SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard you will get this option to configure the SharePoint services. SharePoint farm configuration wizard allows you to create all service application without giving you too many options. It is easy for a new comer to configure the basic settings of a service application. I personally would not recommend running the Farm configuration wizard because once you configure the services using this option then rest of your life you will busy in fixing the mess caused by this option. There are many reasons not to use this option.

  • It won’t give you flexibility as manual process give you.
  • It will create all the service applications if you configured the default option, which is over head on the server as you are not going to use all the service applications.
  • It configures all the service application under single service account which is against best practice.
  • It uses the basic setting to configure the service application which required extra work from SharePoint administrator to fix it.
  • If User profile configured via this option, then it will use the basic content web application as MySite host, again which is against the best practice.
  • It creates the weird content database name (Include the GUID in it)
  • It creates the basic content Web application which again not properly optimized. You have to manually fix it.

Even if you want to use this option to configure the services, I would highly recommend unchecking all the unwanted services application. Personally, I use this option after SharePoint farm installation for the State Service Application.

Run the Configuration Wizard

I walk through the steps, how to run the configure wizard.

  • Login to Central admin with account member of farm administrator group and also local admin on the server.
  • On the Welcome Page. Click on Start the Wizard. You can cancel it if you want manually configure every thing if you land 1st time after the run the SharePoint product and Configuration wizard.
  • On this Page,
    • you can use the existing managed account or register a new account by providing the User name and Password.
    • In service Application section, Select the Service Application you want to create using this farm config wizard.
    • In Service Section, Select the service you want to start.
    • Click Next.

  • Now, wait for a couple of minutes (depend upon the services you selected.).
  • Once completed it will ask for the Create a site collection as it creates a Web Application on the port 80.

As I mentioned earlier, there are a lot drawback using this option but it is good if you want to use the farm for POC purpose.

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