Office Web Apps Server – Installing on Windows Server 2012

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Hola che Hermanos (live from Argentina this week)

This week we are going to go over the new kid on the block which is the Office Web Apps on Windows Server 2012. Using this server on-premises we can have browser-based view of Office documents, such as Excel, Word, PowerPoint and One Note and it works with Lync 2013, Exchange 2013 and SharePoint 2013.

By default we can read documents and if you have license you can also edit documents using the same component. Isn’t that cool?

First things first, let’s download the software and also the language packs. Here are the links:

Installing the pre-requisites..

The key information here is.. you should not have anything installed on the machine (please do not install office on that server).

Okay, from the Windows Feature/Role side we can run the following cmdlet and it will install all pre-requisites. After that, please restart the server.

Add-WindowsFeature Web-Server,Web-Mgmt-Tools,Web-Mgmt-Console,Web-WebServer,Web-Common-Http,Web-Default-Doc,Web-Static-Content,Web-Performance,Web-Stat-Compression,Web-Dyn-Compression,Web-Security,Web-Filtering,Web-Windows-Auth,Web-App-Dev,Web-Net-Ext45,Web-Asp-Net45,Web-ISAPI-Ext,Web-ISAPI-Filter,Web-Includes,InkandHandwritingServices


Now that we have the features installed, let’s right-click on the img file that we downloaded and then click on Mount (great feature of Windows Server 2012!)


In the License Agreement page. After reading the document and if you are okay with the terms, please click on I accept… and click Continue


File location page. Let’s leave default settings and click on Install now.


Final page of the deployment, just click on Close and we are golden!


Installing a Language Pack…

It’s easier than the installation process (no kidding!) you just need to execute the software that you download on the desired language and accept the license and voilà (in my case French language) will be ready to go. The final installation is already on the language that you installed.


Note: If you want to install a language pack afterwards you need to remove the Office Web App Server from the farm, install the language pack and then add it back gain.

Written by Anderson Patricio

Anderson Patricio is a Canadian Exchange Server MVP and MCSM (Solutions Master) and he contributes to the Microsoft Community with articles, tutorials, blog posts, forums and book reviews. He is a regular contributor at, and (Portuguese).