Office Web Apps is an added value to every collaboration deployment, especially if you like to use SharePoint with business intelligence features. Dashboard on Excel rendered on browser, for example, gives your boss the most out of experience. I’ve recently seen several cases of Office Web Apps deployment on Azure IaaS and even been engaged in investigation and troubleshooting.
Office Online Server is the new version of Office Web Apps Server which provides you the ability to render Microsoft Office document including Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote on the browser. With Office Online Server, people don’t have to have Microsoft Office client application installed on client computer.
Microsoft has recently released SharePoint 2016 IT Preview and Office Online Server Preview at the same time. I have spent just a little of my time preparing the environment hosted in Microsoft Azure to install Office Online Server. This article is going to provide you quick steps to install Office Online Server Preview in SharePoint 2016 IT Preview.
Before OOS deployment, prepare a Windows Server 2012 R2 machine and run the following command line to install required features.
Office Online Server setup
Download Office Online Server Preview here https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=49028 and run setup.exe. The steps to install OOS is similar to the one of common Office installation.
After the OOS installation is complete, run the following command line to create a new OOS farm
[powershell]New-OfficeWebAppsFarm -InternalURL http://sp2016app -AllowHttp –EditingEnabled [/powershell]
Run the following command line to allow end user to open document in browser
Log into SharePoint 2016 machine, run the following command line to set OOS binding.
[powershell]New-SPWOPIBinding -ServerName "sp2016app" –AllowHTTP[/powershell]
[powershell]Set-SPWopiZone -zone "internal-http"[/powershell]
Finally, upload a document into document library and test by opening the document.
This article only provides you simple steps to install and deploy to test Office Online Server Preview in SharePoint 2016 environment. If you have ever successfully configured Office Web Apps Server 2013, you will realize that the steps in this article is very much alike.