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.
6 thoughts on “Article 3 from 30 : How to get an App from Office Store for on-premise SharePoint 2013 environment”
But unfortunately I have an issue getting apps from the SharePoint store to work…
I set up a test server with SharePoint 2013, created a seperate domain for the apps (appsdevnet.local), followed your instructions to set the app prefix, etc. and downloaded an app from the SharePoint store.
When I try to open the app, I get a “This page can’t be displayed” error.
In the ULS log I can see the redirection URL (starts with http://app-116d1c8c69e2d0.appsdevnet.local/sites/apps/My FAQ List/Pages/Default.aspx).
I can ping app-116d1c8c69e2d0.appsdevnet.local, but it goes to IP of my AD-server, is that correct???
Do you have an idea what I’m missing?
Thanks a lot!
Hi again 🙂
I found my error – in case someone else has the same difficulties:
1. the dns CNAME record was wrong – pointed to just domain name, not the SharePoint server (devnet.local instead of .devnet.local
2. The web site I created used host-headers. I removed them. In case you need to go with host-headers (in a production environment for example), take a look at http://sharepointchick.com/archive/2012/07/29/setting-up-your-app-domain-for-sharepoint-2013.aspx. At the bottom the host header issue and how to deal with it is explained.
However: thanks for this article series – it’s very helpful!
sorry, correction: (devnet.local instead of sp-servername.devnet.local)
I found it searching for my problem with the greyed out apps from the sharepoint/office store.
I managed to enable apps for my SharePoint and i’ve deployed a hello world sample from Visual Studio. But What i can’t manage is to insert an app from the sharepoint/office store to my sharePoint. It simply shows the “You can’t add this app here” message.
I’ve read that your solution is to “log-in with valid Microsoft account” what do you mean with that? I can only log-in to my sharepoint using domain accounts…do I miss something?
Thanks in advance
“log-in with valid Microsoft account” means you need to log-in with outlook or some-sort of live id account to access the Microsoft Office store.
I did all configuration as mention in the last blog. but as you mentioned in step 2 above. I can’t see the following at all
IN Central Administration -> Manage Service Application
App Subscription service
Can you suggest how to create/enable this service.
Thanks for this wonderful blog and knowledge sharing.
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