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…


SharePoint Search and Excel Interactive Preview: "404 – File or directory not found."

For the past several months I have worked on an issue with the Excel Interactive Preview throwing the error: "Server Error404 – File or directory not found.The resource you are looking for might have been removed,had its name changed, or is temporarily unavailable." When refining a SharePoint Search: We have determined the root cause and this…

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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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Office Web Apps 2013 – Rebuild your Farm in a few Easy Steps!

Because there is minimal configuration overhead (from an Office Web Apps perspective) and zero data loss, there is little risk to rebuilding a farm.  These steps can be a legitimate part of an action plan for resolving technical issues with Office Web Apps.  1. Take farm offline (if there is a load balancer) 2. Collect…

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PerformancePoint 2013 Dashboard Designer fails to start after October 2013 CU

Issue: After the SharePoint 2013 October 2013 cumulative update (CU) the PerformancePoint 2013 dashboard designer fails to start and gives error "Application cannot be started.  Contact the application vendor." Note: We have seen rare circumstances where this issue occurs at later patch levels (post SP1) and is NOT limited to and/or is not fixed by the…

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