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Office Web Apps vs SharePoint Server Topology

November 25, 2012

In our continued progress towards migrating our itgroove SharePoint environment from 2010 to 2013, I had asked Keith to determine the best practices and placement for the (sexy) new Office Web Apps in 2013 with the key question “can we get away with loading OWA on a SharePoint server in an office as small as ours … < 12 people”). The answer, no/never. Read on…

Can Office Web Apps 2013 be installed on the SharePoint App Server?

No, unless it’s in a virtual instance.

  • Servers that run Office Web Apps Server must not run any other server application. This includes Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, Lync Server, and SQL Server. If you have hardware constraints, you can run Office Web Apps Server in a virtual machine instance on one of these servers.
  • Do not install any services or roles that depend on the Web Server (IIS) role on port 80, 443, or 809 because Office Web Apps Server periodically removes web applications on these ports (wtf lol).
  • Do not install any version of Office. You must uninstall Office before you install Office Web Apps Server.

References:

Are there any limitations (Besides larger scale) to putting SharePoint App, Workflow and OWA on the same Server?

SharePoint App + OOTB Workflow (old-school SP2010 Workflows) and/or Workflow Manager (2013 workflows) = ok

OWA + Anything else = bad:

  • Servers that run Office Web Apps Server must not run any other server application. This includes Exchange Server, SharePoint Server, Lync Server, and SQL Server. If you have hardware constraints, you can run Office Web Apps Server in a virtual machine instance on one of these servers.

For 10-20 concurrent users, how much RAM should this server have?

Office Web Apps Server uses the same minimum hardware requirements as SharePoint Server 2013. You can find the full set of SharePoint 2013 requirements in Hardware requirements—web servers, application servers, and single server installations. Additional scalability guidance will be provided in future updates to TechNet.

Reference: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj219435(v=office.15).aspx#software

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