SharePoint 2019 Hybrid Self-Service Site Creation

In this article, we will explore the concept of hybrid self-service site creation and various options available to enable hybrid self-service site creation experience.

Overview

 
Hybrid self-service site creation is supported from previous versions of SharePoint on-premises (e.g., SharePoint Server 2013, 2016). The same experience is supported in SharePoint 2019 as well. However, there are multiple options available in SharePoint 2019 to enable hybrid self-service site creation experience.
 
In this article, we will explore the concept of hybrid self-service site creation and various options available to enable a hybrid self-service site creation experience.
 

Hybrid Self-Service Site Creation

 
Hybrid self-service site creation redirects the default self-service site creation page in SharePoint Server to the SharePoint Online Group Creation page. This helps users to create their sites in SharePoint Online instead of the SharePoint Server. Hybrid self-service site creation follows the configured hybrid audience settings.
 

Enable Hybrid Experience

  • Open SharePoint 2019 Central Administration site.
  • Click the link from green tool-tip “Click here to enable Hybrid experiences.”
SharePoint 2019 Hybrid Self-Service Site Creation 
  • An executable file “HybridSPSetup.exe” will be downloaded to the file system.
  • Double click HybridSPSetup.exe to install.
  • The wizard will open to connect your on-premises SharePoint Server farm with your Office 365 tenant. Click "Next".
SharePoint 2019 Hybrid Self-Service Site Creation 
  • In order to set up a hybrid environment for SharePoint or OneDrive for Business (OD4B), we need to provide administrator credentials for both SharePoint Server and Office 365. Click "Next".
SharePoint 2019 Hybrid Self-Service Site Creation
  • Pre-requisites check report will be generated.
SharePoint 2019 Hybrid Self-Service Site Creation
 
In case of any errors regarding SPO365LinkSettings cmdlet, please follow the below steps and re-run SharePoint Hybrid Configuration Wizard.
  • Open SharePoint 2019 Management Shell with administrator privileges.
  • Run the below command.
  1. Set-SPO365LinkSettings -MySiteHostUrl "http://mysites.contoso.com" -RedirectSites $true  
SharePoint 2019 Hybrid Self-Service Site Creation
  • Install the default features available in hybrid environment wizard. The configuration wizard will run.
  • After the successful run of the hybrid configuration wizard, the SharePoint server environment will be connected to Office 365.
  • Perform IISReset on SharePoint Server 2019.

Create Site Collection Page

 
The create site collection page in SharePoint 2019 provides an option to create a site collection in SharePoint Online.
  • Open SharePoint 2019 Central Administration site.
  • From the left menu, click Application Management.
  • Under Site Collections, click “Create site collections”.
  • The page supports creating this Site Collection in SharePoint Online. Click the link “Click here”.
SharePoint 2019 Hybrid Self-Service Site Creation
  • The login screen for SharePoint Online will appear. Enter the Office 365 administrator credentials.
  • The new site collection screen will appear.
SharePoint 2019 Hybrid Self-Service Site Creation 
 
  • Enter the required information to create a new site collection in SharePoint online.

Enable Hybrid Self-Service Site Creation from SharePoint Hybrid Configuration Wizard

 
SharePoint Hybrid Configuration Wizard supports the option to enable Hybrid Self-Service Site Creation experience.
  • Run the SharePoint Hybrid Configuration Wizard.
  • In select the features to use in hybrid environment wizard, select Hybrid self-service site creation.
SharePoint 2019 Hybrid Self-Service Site Creation
  • Click “Input Parameters” next to Hybrid self-service site creation.
  • Select the web application to use with hybrid self-service site creation. Click OK.
SharePoint 2019 Hybrid Self-Service Site Creation
  • Click Next on main wizard. The configuration will take place.
  • After successful configuration, self-service site creation for selected web application will default to SharePoint Online. Click Close.
SharePoint 2019 Hybrid Self-Service Site Creation
  • Perform IISReset on SharePoint Server 2019.

Manage hybrid self-service site creation

 
Once the hybrid self-service site creation is configured, it can be managed from SharePoint 2019 Central Administration.
  • Open SharePoint 2019 Central Administration.
  • From the left menu, click Application Management.
  • Under Site Collections, click Configure self-service site creation.
SharePoint 2019 Hybrid Self-Service Site Creation
  • Turn on the option for users to create their own Site Collections from.
  • Select either classic or modern site creation option.
SharePoint 2019 Hybrid Self-Service Site Creation

Test Hybrid Self-Service Site Creation

 
The hybrid self-service site creation for the web application is configured on URL: http://portal.contoso.com/_layouts/15/scsignup.aspx.
 
Open the URL in the browser. It navigates to SharePoint Online create group page.
SharePoint 2019 Hybrid Self-Service Site Creation

Summary

 
Hybrid self-service site creation redirects default self-service site creation page in SharePoint Server to SharePoint Online Group Creation page. This helps users create their sites in SharePoint Online instead of SharePoint Server.