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Using Office Web Apps on SBS 2011 Premium

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Old question: Install Web Apps On SBS 2011 Premium

New question: Has anyone got this to work? I've got 10 Office 2010 Pro Plus licenses that include use of Office Web Apps. I've also got a number of users who work from home on Macs. Rather than having them install Word & Excel, I'd like them to just use the web apps (ala Outlook.com reading and editing word docs).

Looking for anyone with experience doing this.

Thanks!
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There are known conflicts with RWA that makes this type of setup broken. If you want web apps, you need a second server OS install.
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I am aware that you can't install Office Web Apps on a DC (or SBS 2011 Standard). I have the Premium Add-on which IS a second server OS. I know there is a work-around doc out there that shows how to tinker with Sharepoint on the DC and get it running on the add-on.

What I want to know is a)has anyone done it? and b)does it work well? Is there a better way to do it? An "official" way? Any tools to get it working since it was an advertised feature of SBS 2011 Premium Add-on?

Thanks
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A) yes.
B) no RWA integration, but otherwise, yes.
C) no, no better way to do it.
D) no, no official way.
E) no, no tools available.
F) office web apps was never a Microsoft advertised feature of SBS, even with the premium add-on.
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Thanks for the reply.

Well, having no RWA would kinda defeat my purpose, however, regarding F) please see page 2 Premium Add-On.

You would think Microsoft would have figured out a supported way to make this work if they were going to advertise it.
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That appears to be a PDF from Dell, not from Microsoft. OEMs have been allowed to customize marketing material, and in this case I'd guess it was not done in a concise manner. The scenario described, where they mention that SharePoint Foundation 2010 is a "free download" makes me believe this was originally a snippet from marketing material targeting SBS 2011 Essentials scenarios, but they didn't bother to include the rest of the stuff to make that clear.

At any rate, I'm not MS. I can only tell you what is out there, not what you think MS should have put out there. So I've answered the question as asked. If you have follow-up questions, feel free to ask them. But getting into a debate about whether MS should or should not support something isn't going to be particularly useful for the question at hand.
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