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Multi-tenancy integration with Office Web Apps and SharePoint 2010 - Possible Solution?

Posted By:      Posted Date: May 22, 2011    Points: 0   Category :C#

Hi All, I've been scratching my head trying to figure out how to integrate Office Web Apps in to SharePoint 2010 as a hoster.  The issue was after following various posts, documents and so on, I could enable the Office Web Apps on the main site collection but not our organisation as a test tenant.  We are running SharePoint 2010 feature pack.  

When attempting to add the office feature pack, we would run in to a problem:

Enable-SPFeature : Failed to activate feature 'MobileExcelWebAccess' (id: 'e995e28b-9ba8-4668-9933-cf5c146d7a9f').  To figure out if this was just an issue with the Enterprise Feature MobileExcelWebAccess, I decided to enable the feature for standard temporarily and discovered a range of services that needed to be added to the feature pack.

So after much thinking about this, we felt that Office Web Apps should be available as a separate feature pack for Foundation, Standard or Enterprise rather than adding to the existing feature packs and migrate the customer, so long as the customer has the correct SPLA or Volume License.  

Based on this, we created 3 new feature packs that supported Office Web Apps.  For those who have grappled with this same concept, here are the feature ID's you need to add to t

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