Things that you should keep in mind when working Office Web Apps Server 2013 and Lync Server 2013


Since Office Web Apps Server 2013 is becoming more and more an important role that organizations is relying upon for Lync server 2013 and other products, I have decide to share this piece of information with you that might help you save time when troubleshooting existing environment, and deploying Office Web Apps for Lync server 2013 .

What is Office Web Apps Server ?

Office Web Apps Server is a new Office server product that delivers browser-based versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote. A single Office Web Apps Server farm can support users who access Office files through SharePoint 2013, Lync Server 2013, Exchange Server 2013, shared folders, and websites.

is it required for Lync Server 2013 ?

Lync Server 2013 doesn’t requires Office Web Apps Server to be deployed in order to function, however it is required whenever you have the necessity or the requirement to enable Lync users to upload and share PowerPoint presentations during conferences. it is good to note that using PowerPoint presentation sharing will dramatically decrease bandwidth requirements during presentations hence enhancing the overall Lync meeting experience. 

How to deploy Office Web Apps Server 2013 ?

Technet provides detailed information regarding deploying Office Web Apps Server 2013

How to configure Office Web Apps Server 2013 with Lync Server 2013 ?
Technet also provides detailed information about configuring and publishing Office Web Apps Server 2013 and Lync Server 2013

Ok now we deployed Office Web Apps Server 2013, what are the things to keep in mind when working with Office Web Apps Server 2013 ?

A- When integrating Office Web Apps Server with Lync Server 2013

  • Lync Server 2013 requires to configure office Web Apps Server secure farm over that means Office Web Apps Server farm should be configured with Https

B- When configuring a secure Office Web Apps Server Farm

  • Make sure that CRL CDP is configured to use Http pointers for certificate revocation list check, in order for computers stand alone computers to be able to obtain the revocation information for the Office Web Apps Server certificate, else users trying to upload PowerPoint presentations will have a errors verifying the server certificates.
  • Include both the Internal and External URL  in the Certificate SAN
  • Keep in mind that Office Web Apps Server uses the Certificate friendly name to identify the certificate that should be used, therefore make sure that the Certificate friendly name is unique among the Local Certificate Store on the local Server machine on which the Office Web Apps Server Services are running.

C- When updating an existing Office Web App Sever

  • Remove the Office Web App Farm prior Installing any update
  • Recreate the Office Web App Farm after the update being installed
  • Restart Office Web Apps Services
  • Apply your tests

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