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Posts Tagged ‘configure app catalog’

Step 5: Test App

Posted by Paul on July 22, 2014

(This is a part of the article-series Configure App Catalog)

Here we are ready to test our app catalog site. Ensure the following before testing the app:

1. If you are using a Virtual Machine, Use the browser within the VM

2. Use Internet Explorer as your browser

Do not use System Account or Administrator account

Now open your SharePoint Site. Choose Add an App & Visit the SharePoint Store. You should be able to see the following Apps from Office App Store visible.

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If you can see the above page then you are good.

Please note the following:

1. Choose free apps first

2. Greyed ones are for SharePoint Online and won’t work in our case of On-Premise

I tried with a Content Management App named Bright Banner, went ahead and Trusted it & after waiting for few minutes it appeared in my left pane.

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On clicking it took me to the full-fledged app page.

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This concludes our App Catalog configuration.

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In production environment app hosting, you should get help from the Network Administrator in configuring DNS & Zones.

References

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/fp161236(v=office.15).aspx

Summary

In this article-series we have explored App Catalog configuration.

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Step 4: Configure App URLs

Posted by Paul on July 22, 2014

(This is a part of the article-series Configure App Catalog)

Now we have enough URLs to configure. Open Central Administration and choose Configure App URLs option.

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In the appearing page enter your URL matching with the Forward Lookup zone

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Choose the prefix as app. This prefix will be used for all the newly installed apps.

Save changes & You are ready for the next step.

You can also ensure SharePoint Store Apps are allowable through Central Administration > Apps > SharePoint Store setting.

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Step 3: Create Zone

Posted by Paul on July 21, 2014

(This is a part of the article-series Configure App Catalog)

We need to create a forward lookup zone for App catalog. Apps are hosted in separate zones due to Trust factor.

Open the DNS application from your server.

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Expand the Forward Lookup Zone and choose new zone.

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Choose the defaults for wizard.

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In the zone name page, enter a unique name for the zone.

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Click Next to continue towards the Finish page. Click Finish and the new zone is created.

Right click on the new zone and choose New Alias (CNAME) option.

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Enter the following values:

1. * for Alias name

2. Leave second textbox as it is

3. Enter fully qualified domain name of your machine in the third text box.

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Click Ok to save changes. Now you are ready with your zone hpvmapps.net.

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Step 2: Create App Catalog

Posted by Paul on July 21, 2014

(This is a part of the article-series Configure App Catalog)

We need to create a site collection for Apps. Open Central Administration and choose Manage App Catalog link from the Apps section.

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In the appearing page choose the Create a new app catalog site option and click Ok button.

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In the appearing page – Enter the title, administrator user & Click the OK button

Wait for a few seconds and you will get the app catalog site created.

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Now we are ready to move to the next step.

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Step 1: Configure Service Applications

Posted by Paul on July 19, 2014

(This is a part of the article-series Configure App Catalog)

We need to create the following 2 service applications:

1. App Management service application

2. Subscription Settings service application

Open Central Administration > Manage service applications.

If you cannot see App Management service application, you need to create one using the new button.

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You can ensure the App Management service is created. This service is required to store App licenses and validity of the App requests.

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Second service application would be Subscription Settings service application. This service application cannot be created from the toolbar as there is no menu item provided. You need to use the following PowerShell script to create it.

if ((Get-PSSnapin “Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell” -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue) -eq $null)

{

Add-PSSnapin “Microsoft.SharePoint.PowerShell”

}

New-SPSubscriptionSettingsServiceApplication -ApplicationPool “SharePoint Web Services Default” -Name “Subscription Settings Service Application” -DatabaseName “SubscriptionDatabase” | New-SPSubscriptionSettingsServiceApplicationProxy

After running the script you can see the service application created as shown below.

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Ensure Services are Running

You can ensure the required services are running using the following link.

http://www.jeanpaulva.com/index.php/2015/04/15/ensure-services-are-running/

 

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Configure App Catalog

Posted by Paul on July 17, 2014

One of the power advantages of SharePoint 2013 is Apps. Definitely app provides following advantages:

1. Extensibility of SharePoint Platform for the end user

2. Revenue Opportunity for the developer

App Catalog is the page from where users can choose new apps; there are paid & free apps available. But, App Catalog does not come pre-configured. We need to do a 10-30 minutes activities to configure it, depending on the farm complexity.

App Catalog

Choose Site Settings > Add an App page option. You can see the following pane.

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Click on the SharePoint Store link.

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You will get the above error message if App Catalog is not configured.

How to configure App Catalog?

Following are the activities involved:

1. Configure Service Applications

2. Create App Catalog

3. Create Zone

4. Configure App URLs

5. Test App

Please click on the links about to do a step-by-step app catalog configuration.

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