New and improved features in SharePoint Server 2019

Introduction

In this blog will discuss about the new Features in SharePoint server 2019.

Bellow are the new improved feature in SharePoint 2019.

  1. Communication sites

In Communication sites you can share news, showcase the story and broadcast a message to other people. It’s easy to create.

Creating a Communication Site:  

  1. Open this URL – https://*DomainName*/my/_layouts/15/sharepoint.aspx 
  2. Select communication site.

Figure 1- SharePoint 2019 – Creating a communication site

3. Select layout design.

Figure 2- SharePoint 2019 – Choosing site design while creating Communication Site

Communication sites have three out-of-the-box layout designs: Topic, Showcase and Blank.

  • Topic to share information such as news, events, and other content.
  • Showcase to use photos or images to showcase a product, team, or event.
  • Blank to create your own design.

2. Modern lists and libraries

SharePoint Server 2019 support for modern SharePoint lists and libraries.

Modern SharePoint Libraries, allows users to quickly view information about their documents, including permissions and metadata.

Figure 3 – SharePoint 2019 – Modern Document library

SharePoint 2019 Modern lists include the Conditional Formatting. The Conditional Formatting allows users to configure different display rules for specific columns, to quickly view the status of that item.

Figure 4- SharePoint 2019 – List – Conditional Formatting

SharePoint 2019 provide both classic and modern experience also, you can manage through list setting. For list experience option please click to List setting -> Advanced Settings -> List experience

Figure 5- SharePoint 2019 -List experience setting

3. Increased storage file size in SharePoint document libraries

SharePoint 2019 Server support storing files up to 15 GB in SharePoint document libraries. Note – The large volume of very large files can affect farm performance.

For Software boundaries and limits for SharePoint Servers 2019 please refer below link.

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/install/software-boundaries-and-limits-0

4. Fast sites creation

The Fast Site Creation, allows SharePoint administrators to quickly create site collections based on an existing template

This fast site creation feature actually uses the copy of a site template which is stored in the content database.

Fast site creation is supported with the following site templates:

  • OneDrive personal site [SPSPERS#10]
  • Team site (modern only) [STS#3]
  • Communication site [SITEPAGEPUBLISHING#0]

Use the Get-SPWebTemplatesEnabledForSiteMaster cmdlet to display a full list of site master web templates in the farm.

5. Modern sharing experiences

SharePoint Server 2019 now supports modern sharing experiences. This provide simplified sharing UI. It will help to easily share links with others in the organization. It will be warned if user sharing with a large group or sharing the large number of items.

SharePoint 2019 libraries combine the power of SharePoint and OneDrive which helps to experiencing the modern sharing. It also solved many of the syncing and integration issues that existed in previous versions of SharePoint.

6. Modern search experience

SharePoint Server 2019 comes with a modern search experience.  In the SharePoint home page, you can find the search boxes. That also available on communication sites, and modern team sites.

The most visual difference is that in modern search, you see results even before you start typing in the search box, and the results update as you type.

As an administrator you cannot turn off classic or modern search. Users get the classic search experience on publishing sites, classic team sites, and in the Search Centre and Users get the modern search experience on the SharePoint home page, communication sites, and modern team sites.  As an administrator’s perspective there are some differences between the search experiences.

7.Modern Team sites

Modern Team sites are responsive by default, it includes an out of the box news publishing engine, allowing users to share news with the team.

Modern team site includes a group of modern web pages, document library, lists for data management, and web parts that you can customize as per your needs. In SharePoint Server 2019 the new team sites is by default modern site and still classic site is also supported.

Figure 6- SharePoint 2019 – Modern Team site

8. Modern Site Pages, modern web parts

Modern Site Pages

Modern pages provide a fast, easy way to build responsive pages using the functionality of modern web parts.

Modern web parts

Modern web parts are designed to be easier to use, to be faster, and to look great. Modern pages use modern web parts. Please note that, for security reasons, modern web parts do not allow for the insertion of code like Jscript and also note that the classic web parts cannot be used on modern pages, and modern web parts cannot be used on classic pages.

Figure 7- SharePoint 2019 – Adding modern web part

9. THE SHAREPOINT HOME

SharePoint home is a modern UX page, available out-of-box- in SharePoint Server 2019 with appropriate configurations, where a user can easily find and access their SharePoint sites and portals. It is a personalized experience that allows users to view activities in the sites they follow and also helps to users for create new, modern sites on a self-service basis

You can reach the SharePoint home page by clicking on the “SharePoint” icon in the SharePoint app launcher. The SharePoint home page replaced the old sites.aspx experience

10. Integration with Power Apps and Power Automate

SharePoint Server 2019 brings cloud closer to the Customers. The cloud features Power Apps and Power Automate are designed to automate business processes, like routing documents for approval. Power Apps and Power Automate can connect with your on-premises data and for these features need to be configured via gateway

Power BI

You can use Power BI Report Server, which is the version of Power BI for On-Premises to create stunning reports, and easily display them in SharePoint Server 2019.

Figure 8- SharePoint 2019 – Power BI Dashboard

11. Self-service site creation on the SharePoint home page now supports AAM zones

The self-service site creation experience in SharePoint supports creating new sites in a different web application, regardless of whether the web application is hosted on the local farm or a remote farm. This gives greater flexibility and control in managing SharePoint farms.

  • By default, the SharePoint home page and team sites only use modern site templates when self-service site creation is enabled. If you want users to only create classic sites you can add the (/_layouts/15/scsignup.aspx) page for users to use classic site templates.
  • The ability for farm administrators to hide the Create Site link from the SharePoint home page, so users have to go through their IT organization to create new sites.

The self-service site creation experience in the SharePoint home page supports non-Default Alternate Access Mapping zones.

For more information please refer below URL

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/SharePoint/administration/plan-alternate-access-mappings and https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/SharePoint/administration/configure-alternate-access-mappings

12. SMTP authentication when sending emails

In SharePoint Server 2019 now supports authenticating to SMTP servers when sending email messages. SharePoint Server 2019 will still support anonymous connections to SMTP servers that don’t require authentication. This makes it easier for customers to integrate SharePoint into highly secure environments where authentication is required to send emails. Customers no longer need to configure smart host relays for SharePoint in these environments. Authentication can be configured through the Central Administration website and also through PowerShell.

Figure 9- SharePoint 2019 – SMTP

For more information, 

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/SharePoint/administration/outgoing-email-planning

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/SharePoint/administration/outgoing-email-configuration

13. Use of # and % characters in file and folder names

SharePoint Server 2019 now supports # and % characters in file and folder names. this makes it easier to sync to content from personal storage devices to SharePoint and also increased the maximum file path length limit from 260 characters to 400 characters.

14. Sync files with OneDrive sync app (NGSC)

SharePoint Server 2019 allows organisations to run on-premises. user can use the new OneDrive sync app (NGSC – Next Generation Sync Client) instead of Groove.exe to sync files. Document can sync form SharePoint Server 2019 team sites with the user devices. The OneDrive sync app supports advanced features such as Files On-Demand, push notification, and IRM protection.

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