This post is article-3 from the 30 Articles App series for SharePoint.
Getting the clouds down right into your business
This was the title I was going to give to this article but for sake of Search engine *discipline* I have not 😀
In this post, I will discuss about how we can connect to the Office store from our on-premise SharePoint 2013 Environment and get some Apps.
There are two reasons to pick this topic :
1 ) I want you all to experience the office store and some of the free apps there. 😀
This will give a boost in our mission for this series and a little bit of idea what can we develop as an App for SharePoint 2013.
2 ) I see there are many sharepointers who have not yet experienced this and some of them still have trouble getting this working for on-premise environment.
At the end of this article you should be able to download and install some Apps from the SharePoint / Office store.
Step – 1 :
Any prerequisite for this article ?? yes , Article-2: Behind the scene : Configure App Domain for on-premise SharePoint 2013 development environment
No you can’t skip this, Go back if you have not finished yet !!
Step – 2 :
Check that below services are started and running
Go to Central Administration -> Manage Services on this server
1) App Management Service. 2) Secure Store Service
Go to Central Administration -> Manage Service Application
App Subscription service
Step – 3 :
Creating App Catalog site collection.
The App Catalog site is a special site collection which is scoped to web application. All apps that you want to make available for a web application have to be in the App Catalog site collection for that web application.
Go to Central Administration -> Apps -> App management -> Manage App Catalog
Step – 4 :
Connecting to Office App Store finally
Go to App Catalog -> right corner ‘Settings’-> Add an App
Select SharePoint Store from Left Navigation [ This will take you to the Microsoft’ official Office store. ]
If you are getting below error then choose language and currency.
Again error !! All the apps are disabled this time with the message contact your administrator…!!
You need to log-in with valid Microsoft account (new name for live ID ) !! Ok now we are ready to explore the App store!! 🙂
Question of the article : Can we use the existing App Catalog for more than one web application ? If yes, are there any limitations or drawback for doing it ? If you figure out the answer or you have an opinion please share in comments.
I leave you now, have some fun with the App Store till we meet again for the next Article (4) 🙂
Note: This article is written for SharePoint 2013 preview.