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Andrew J. Price | Technical Blog

Office Servers and Services MVP | Founder of UC and Cloud Day | Founder of Microsoft Cloud User Group

The Complete Home Lync Lab – Part 8 Installing WAC for Lync Server 2013

Hello Readers

As continuing on Part 7, we are now going to look at what is required for Installing Web Apps Server. As always there are a couple of pre-requisites we need to complete before inserting the media into the Server.

If you are not installing Lync 2013 Pre-requisites this way you are doing it wrong. My fellow colleague from The UC Architects Pat Richard’s has created the one of the best scripts that can be in any Lync Specialist tool kit.

Download .\Set-Cs2013Features from http://www.ehloworld.com/1697 and select option 5 to install Office Web Apps Server 2013

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And following the on screen prompts, its couldn’t be any simpler. You will need an internet connection into this machine as its downloads three components to C:\_Install.

Once the we have installed all pre-requisites via Pat’s Script we now need to move to the Lync Topology Builder to add the WAC Server to the topology. Logon on to your Lync Server and launch topology builder.

Once the installation is complete which should take seconds, now go to your Start Menu and Click Lync Topology Builder

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Tick Download Topology –> Press Ok

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Give the saved file a name –> Press Save

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Drill down into your Lync Topology to your Front End–> Right Click –> Edit Properties

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Drill down to Associate pool with an Office Web Apps Server –> Tick the box –> Press Next

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Now this point I am going to specify the internal Farm Name for WAC which is going to be wac.lyncme.local reason for this is to allow you to add additional servers into the WAC Farm if you require for your lab.

Press OK –> Press OK

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Click Action –> Publish Topology –> Press Next –> Press Next

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Once complete you should see the below

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We now need a Internal Certificate with Web Apps Farm Name wac.lyncme.local and FQDN of the WAC Server(s). In order to this from our internal Certificate Authority we need to ensure the Web Server Certificate is exportable.

Simple way to check is open Internet Explorer on WAC and go to your internal CA

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Click Request a Certificate –> Advanced Certificate Request –> Create and submit a request to this CA –> Select Certificate Template –> Web Server

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If you can see Mark As Exportable grey out we will need to make changes to the default internal certificate template.

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Go to your Certificate Authority Server and open Certificate Authority –> Go to Certificate Templates –> Click Right and Select Manage

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Locate Web Server –> Right Click –> Duplicate Certificate

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Give your Certificate a name –> General –> Populate Template Display Name

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Select Request Handling –> Tick Allow Private key to be exported –> Press Apply

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Go back to Certificate Authority main page –> Right Click Certificate Templates –> New –> Certificate Template to Issue

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Select your Certificate that you have created –> Press OK

Go back to your Certificate Authority via Internet Explorer repeat the same process

Click Request a Certificate –> Advanced Certificate Request –> Create and submit a request to this CA –> Select Certificate Template –> You should now see your Certificate Listed –> Select your Certificate

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And you should see…

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Now go back to your WAC Server.

We now need to generate a Certificate Request and the easiest way to do this will be via MMC –> Snap-in –> Certificates –> Computer Account –> Local Computer –> Press Finish

Drill into Certificates –> Personal –> Certificate –> Right Click in White Space –> All Tasks –> Advanced Operations –> Create Custom Request

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Press Next –> Press Next –> Select your Certificate Template –> Press Next

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Click Details –>  Click Properties

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Enter common name for Web App Farm and DNS Name Server FQDN –> Click General Tab –> Enter Friendly Name for Certificate

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Press Apply –> Press OK –> Press Next

Enter a location to store the request –> Press Finish

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Launch Internet Explorer –> Go to your Certificate Authority –> Request Certificate –> Advanced Certificate Request –> Submit a Certificate request

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Now open your stored Certificate Request

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Copy and Paste Request to Saved Request –> Certificate Template –> Select your Certificate as per below –> Press Submit

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Click Download Certificate and save to a specified location

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Open your Certificate from your store location

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Click Install Certificate

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Tick Local Machine –> Press Next

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Tick Place all certificates in the following store –> Press Browse –> Select Personal –> Press OK –> Press Next –> Press Finish

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Launch Powershell we are now going to configure the farm with following command

New-OfficeWebAppsFarm -InternalURL “https://wac.lyncme.local” -CertificateName “WAC Server”

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If you run Get-OfficeWebAppsMachines you should receive a Healthy State for your WAC Server.

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Another thing you can check is the Lync Server Event logon on your Front End. You should see

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And to confirm its working across two Lync Clients.

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This concludes this post. I will be doing a Part 8a – Configuring WAC Server for External Use to follow on from this post.

Regards

Andrew Price

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