Office Web Apps 2013 External Users

Hello Everyone, The point of this blog is to help you understand your options when configuring OWA to work with external users. There is one major configuration issue with this, that is that office web app calls need to be passed through, seemingly, without being challenged. In lync 2013 there are articles that talk about the configuration…

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Deploying the Office Web Apps Server 2013 - "Microsoft Office Web Apps Server 2013 Encountered an error during setup"

If you are planning to deploy an Office Web Apps Farm, the following data could be useful for you in case you are encountering the "Microsoft Office Web Apps Server 2013 Encountered an error during setup" error while running the installation package.It specifically happens on virtual environments with Windows Server 2012 (R 2) and the error looks like…


After upgrading SharePoint Server to SP1 or later, you are no longer able to view Word or PowerPoint documents with Office Web Apps Server 2013

Problem: After upgrading SharePoint Server to SP1 or later, you are no longer able to view Word or PowerPoint documents with Office Web Apps Server 2013. Symptom: Office Web Apps give the error of "Sorry, we ran into a problem." and gives the options to Restart, or Exit. Software combination scenarios we see the issue:…

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Office Web Apps 2013 - Office Web Apps redirect to incorrect SharePoint library

We have run in to several instances where the Office Web Apps will not redirect back to the expected library. This is caused by a difference in code behind the SharePoint 2010 document library and the SharePoint 2013 document library. ========================================================================================= Here is an example situation in a SharePoint environment which has both 2010 sites, and…

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Enabling PDF Previews in Document Libraries with Office Web Apps 2013 in SharePoint 2013 - Open link does not work from preview

Wictor Wilen has written a great blog post about enabling PDF previews in SharePoint 2013 document libraries with Office Web Apps 2013 which can be found here: http://www.wictorwilen.se/sharepoint-2013-enabling-pdf-previews-in-document-libraries-with-office-web-apps-2013 Wictor provides the WSP to provide PDF preview functionality and this works great, but some customers are running into issues when attempting to click "Open" on PDF…

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Office Web Apps 2013 - SharePoint 2013 Information Rights Management (IRM) Protected document libraries preview error

We have been seeing some issues with SharePoint IRM policies applied to a SharePoint document library where users are able to view documents with Office Web Apps 2013, but not edit them.  This is expected behavior: The issue is that when users attempt to preview the documents using Office Web Apps Server 2013, users will be…

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Deploying Office Web Apps Server 2013 to a security hardened drive

When installing and deploying Office Web Apps 2013 to a security hardened drive, Office Web Apps may not work correctly if there are permissions missing from the security hardened drive. The default location on most systems is the C drive, but some customers may install to non-system drives (such as a D drive, E drive,…

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