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Article – Office Web Apps Part III – Verifying OWA installation and configuration

Verifying OWA installation and configuration

Perform the following steps to make sure OWA has been installed and configured successfully in your existing SharePoint 2010 Farm.  

  1. Go to SharePoint 2010 Central Administration site and select “Manage server in this farm” link. It will show you something very similar to the following screen and observe the new entry called “Microsoft Office Web Apps” under SharePoint Products Installed column. Observe 02 new services-PowerPoint Service and Verify Office Web Apps listed under the Services Running column. This confirms that we have installed Office Web Apps successfully.

    Verify Office Web Apps Setup

    Verify Office Web Apps Setup

  2. Come back to SharePoint 2010 Central Administration site Home page and select link “Manage services on server”. You will see something similar to the following screen. Notice PowerPoint Service and Word Viewing Service and confirm their status. They should be in “Started” status. This confirms that we have configured the OWA in our farm successfully.

    Verify Office Web Apps Setup

    Verify Office Web Apps Setup

Activating OWA in your Site Collection

Final step is to activate the OWA feature within your Site Collection to enable OWA features in your site. Perform the following steps to do it.  

  1. Browse to your site collection and go to Site Settings page by selecting Site Actions -> Site Settings link
  2. Go to Site collection features page by selecting "Site collection features" link from the Site Collection Administration section

    Verify Office Web Apps Setup

    Verify Office Web Apps Setup

  3. You will land in the Site Collection Feature Administration page. Find the "Office Web Apps" feature and click the Activate button to activate the feature. It will activate the Office Web Apps feature and confirm the same as follows.

    Verify Office Web Apps Setup

    Verify Office Web Apps Setup

Testing OWA using the Word Viewing Service

Now that we have installed, configured and verified the deployment of OWA and it’s time to test it. Let’s test OWA with the help of Word Viewing Service which allows us to access, view, edit and share Word documents via browser.  

  1. Navigate to your site collection and go to Shared Documents document library or any other document library where you have some Word documents uploaded.
  2. Select the Down Arrow which is next to the Name of the document and it will show you the Edit menu for the document. Select the View in Browser option.

    Verify Office Web Apps

    Verify Office Web Apps

  3. If everything was setup properly, it will take few seconds and load the Word document within the browser using Word Viewing Service which is a part of OWA.

    Verify Office Web Apps

    Verify Office Web Apps

  4. Notice how Silverlight can improve the user experience with OWA. As we discussed in the previous article Silverlight will improve the performance of loading documents into the browser and it will improve the clarity of the document.

    Verify Office Web Apps

    Verify Office Web Apps

  5. This is how it looks after Silverlight is installed.

    Verify Office Web Apps

    Verify Office Web Apps

  6. Click on the "Edit in Browser" option at the top of the document.

    Verify Office Web Apps

    Verify Office Web Apps

  7. Observe the authoring features of OWA.

    Verify Office Web Apps

    Verify Office Web Apps

Conclusion

Now that you have installed and configured Office Web Apps successfully in your SharePoint 2010 Server and now it’s time to play around with all the features of OWA.

Posted by Joy

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