MVP Monday–Installing Office Web Apps

Editor’s Note: In partnership with Microsoft Press, MVPs have been contributing to an ongoing guest series on their official team blog. Today’s article is from SharePoint MVP Alan Richards which is the 23rd in the series.

Installing Office Web Apps

New for SharePoint 2013 is the introduction of Office Web Apps as a separate server system that can’t coexist with a SharePoint 2013 installation. This post isn’t going to go into the installation of SharePoint 2013 farm but to lay the background the development farm that all this is based on consists of 3 SharePoint 2013 servers, one central admin and two web front ends and then one SQL 2012 server for all the databases. All the development farm servers are running Windows Server 2012 as their operating systems.

We now need to setup a separate server that we will use to install Office Web Apps to, this installation of Office Web Apps is then connected to SharePoint so that it can be used for opening and editing documents and also used by SharePoint 2013 to show previews of documents to users from within document libraries and also in search results

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About the author


Alan Richards has been working in Schools for 18 years and during that time has been at the forefront of using IT. He has led teams that have been among the first to roll out Windows 7, Exchange 2010 and SharePoint 2010, many of these successes have been showcased in Microsoft case studies. As well as managing his own school’s SharePoint implementation he also manages the SharePoint farm for the local consortium of schools. Alan is also a regular blogger and speaker at various events.  Follow him on Twitter

About MVP Mondays

The MVP Monday Series is created by Melissa Travers. In this series we work to provide readers with a guest post from an MVP every Monday. Melissa is a Community Program Manager, formerly known as MVP Lead, for Messaging and Collaboration (Exchange, Lync, Office 365 and SharePoint) and Microsoft Dynamics in the US. She began her career at Microsoft as an Exchange Support Engineer and has been working with the technical community in some capacity for almost a decade. In her spare time she enjoys going to the gym, shopping for handbags, watching period and fantasy dramas, and spending time with her children and miniature Dachshund. Melissa lives in North Carolina and works out of the Microsoft Charlotte office.

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