Hybrid features in SharePoint 2013 and 2016

28 oktober 2016

Summary: This post provides an overview of all hybrid SharePoint features that were released by Microsoft for SharePoint 2013 and SharePoint 2016.

During Ignite 2016 in Atlanta, Microsoft released some really cool hybrid features, that I would like to share some information about. The really cool thing about this is that they are not only available for SharePoint 2016, but Microsoft actually made most of them available in SharePoint 2013. The following table will show the availability per feature, so you know which one is available to your environment.

For more information on any specific hybrid feature, click the feature in the table below.

Hybrid Feature Overview
Hybrid Feature SharePoint 2013 SharePoint 2016
Federated hybrid search (1) Yes RTM Yes RTM
Cloud Hybrid Search (1) Yes August 2015 CU (2) Yes RTM
Extensible App Launcher (1) Yes July 2016 CU Yes RTM
Profile redirection Yes Service Pack 1 Yes RTM
Hybrid sites (1) Yes September 2016 CU Yes RTM
Hybrid taxonomy (preview) (1) Yes September 2016 CU Yes Feature Pack 1
Hybrid Auditing (preview) (1) No  Yes Feature Pack 1

(1) Breaks ALL existing server-to-server trusts. Provider-hosted add-ins are the most commonly found that use server-to-server trust. Make sure to read this blog post for a solution.
(2) There have been major improvements in the CU's after the initial August 2015 CU for Cloud Hybrid Search. I advise downloading the last CU that has no regressions.

In the last months I have been actively configuring and testing hybrid capabilities in SharePoint 2013. If you have any questions during configuring hybrid features in SharePoint, make sure to contact me on Twitter for the fastest response! I'll be glad to help with any question.

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