The MinRole topology was introduced with SharePoint 2016 to ease the installation and configuration process. Out of the box you are provided with a list of roles to choose from that ensures proper services are running on the right servers in your environment.
At SharePoint 2016’s release the following roles were available to the installer to select for a Multi-Server farm.
- Distributed Cache
What if you are creating a smaller 2 or 3 server SharePoint farm? You were left with the Custom option to to manually configure roles and services as we have done in previous versions.
Feature Pack 1 introduces Shared Roles. After installation of Feature Pack 1 the new options will be available in the products configuration wizard.
- Front-end with Distributed Cache
- Application with Search
Now you can easily configure a 2 – 3 server farm using the Shared Roles and be sure your services are running where they should be. It is exciting to see the increased pace of updates for on premises SharePoint shown with the release of Feature Pack 1