Unattended Configuration for SharePoint Server 2016

SharePoint Server 2016 has some… interesting things baked into it including a few things that appear to come from SharePoint Online. A new unattended configuration for SharePoint Server 2016 is also present, using an answer file. While unadvertised, it is easy to use, but a bit harder to discover as the configuration options are buried throughout the SharePoint code base.

So, how does it work? Pretty simple. Create a file called unattend.txt. Add some entries like this:

Save it to C:\Program Files\Common Files\microsoft shared\Web Server Extensions\16\CONFIG\ and build your farm through PowerShell or the Config Wizard. The answer file will be picked up and the values applied appropriately.

Post-farm build, you can see the key/value pairs located in the SPFarm object, which we can see via PowerShell.

There are a lot of these. Some of the keys may or may not work. This isn’t a complete list of what I’ve found so far, and I’m compiling a spreadsheet of settings, but just examples of what is currently available.

There are others, as well, such as automatically creating a Secure Store Service, etc.

Pretty neat, and hopefully this is functionality that persists into the future, as it is great for pre-configured, automated environments, versus the heavy amount of post-configuration we must use with farms today!


  1. Any update on that spreadsheet of settings? Hopefully it will contain the options for each setting as well.

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