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26Jul/100

Article – Office Web Apps Part II – Installing OWA in an existing SharePoint 2010 Farm

In the previous article we discussed what OWA is and benefits of using OWA within an organization. We further discussed why SharePoint 2010 is recognized as the best deployment architecture for deploying OWA. 

In this article I have demonstrated the steps required to deploy and configure OWA within an existing SharePoint 2010 Farm. These configuration steps are the high-level configuration options we perform to configure OWA within the farm and each service within OWA has its own set of configuration to perform when we subscribe to them. I will be discussing each and every service and their configuration options in detail in future articles. 

Requirements

 Following are the prerequisites for deploying OWA: 

  • Hardware
    • 64-bit Processor
    • Minimum 4 GB of RAM – though you can install on server less than 4 GB RAM, you will encounter lot of time-outs
  • Software
    • Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 or Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010
    • Browser
      • Internet Explorer 7 or 8
      • Firefox 3.5 on Windows, Mac or Linux
      • Safari on Windows or Mac

Installation scenarios

Depend on the state of your server, there are few different installation scenarios and the order and number of steps will vary depend on the installation scenario. 

Your SharePoint 2010 Server can be: 

  1. Not yet installed SharePoint 2010
  2. Installed SharePoint 2010 but have not yet run the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard
  3. Already installed the SharePoint 2010 and have run the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard

I assume most of you are familiar with installing SharePoint Server 2010 and you have already setup a testing or development server at least to try out all the new features of SharePoint 2010. 

Order and no of steps required to setup OWA for scenario 1 and 2 are more or less same and I will discuss them in a future article. 

Let’s focus on the 3rd scenario and take the existing SharePoint Server and install and configure OWA to experience the OWA features we discussed in the previous article. 

OWA deployment has 3 main phases: 

  1. Installation
  2. Service activation
  3. Feature activation

If you are looking for a detailed list of all the steps and their order we can list them as follows: 

  1. Run OWA setup and post-setup configuration
  2. Start the service instances
  3. Create the service applications and proxies
  4. Activate the Office Web Apps feature
  5. Optional – in case if we are going to use PowerPoint Broadcast Slide Show, create the PowerPoint Broadcast site

Deploying OWA - You have already installed the SharePoint 2010 and run the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard

Perform the following steps to install and configure OWA in an existing SharePoint 2010 farm. 

  1. Login to SharePoint 2010 Server with a user who has local admin privileges.
  2. Double-click the Setup.exe and initiate the OWA installation wizard.

    Office Web Apps Setup

    Office Web Apps Setup

  3. Enter the product key and click Continue.

    Office Web Apps Setup

    Office Web Apps Setup

  4. Accept the Software License Terms by clicking the check-box and click Continue.

    Office Web Apps Setup

    Office Web Apps Setup

  5. Leave the defaults for the Choose a file location and click Install Now to start the installation.

    Office Web Apps Setup

    Office Web Apps Setup

  6. Installation begins and wait until it finishes the installation.

    Office Web Apps Setup

    Office Web Apps Setup

  7. When it’s done with the installation, it shows the following page.  Make sure you check the check-box “Run the SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard now” and click Close.

    Office Web Apps Setup

    Office Web Apps Setup

  8. Then SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard shows up and click Next and click Yes for the warning.
  9. Select “Connect to an existing server farm” and click Next.

    Office Web Apps Setup

    Office Web Apps Setup

  10. Summary page will be displayed with the name of the database server and the SharePoint configuration database name. Click Next to initiate the configuration.
  11. It will take few minutes to complete the configuration.

    Office Web Apps Setup

    Office Web Apps Setup

  12. Once the configuration is done, the “Configuration Successful” page will be displayed. Click Finish to finish the configuration wizard.
  13. It will open up the SharePoint 2010 Central Administration site and prompt you for the following. Select “Start the Wizard” option.

    Office Web Apps Setup

    Office Web Apps Setup

  14. You will be prompted with the following page which displays all the Service Applications you have already configured during SharePoint Server 2010 installation and configuration. As you can notice all of the settings of this page disabled except “PowerPoint Service Application” and “Word Viewing Service”. Make sure you have selected both of them and click Next.

    Office Web Apps Setup

    Office Web Apps Setup

    Office Web Apps Setup

    Office Web Apps Setup

  15. You will be asked whether you need a new Site Collection with all of these new settings. If you wish to create a new Site Collection, continue and fill the following form and click OK. If you already have a Site Collection, click Skip.

    Office Web Apps Setup

    Office Web Apps Setup

  16. SharePoint will start configuring the new Service Applications-PowerPoint Service Application and Word Viewing Service and it will create Service instances, service proxies as a part of this configuration process.

    Office Web Apps Setup

    Office Web Apps Setup

  17. Once it’s done -  creating Service instances and proxies for the new two  Service Applications, following page will be displayed and click Finish to go back to Home of SharePoint 2010 Central Administration site.

    Office Web Apps Setup

    Office Web Apps Setup

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