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  • Hi,

    We are currently reviewing the best architecture for our geographically dispersed infrastructure and I wasn't able to find a clear recommendation for the OWA setup.

    To sum up, we have 3 main datacenters each hosting an Exchange, Lync and SharePoint environment.
    Following TechNet, OWA should not be geographically distributed and should be close to the SharePoint farm to enable heavy editing.
    http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj219435.aspx#topology
    "Servers in an Office Web Apps Server farm must be in the same datacenter. Don’t distribute them geographically. Generally you only need one farm, unless you have security needs that require an isolated network that has its own Office Web Apps Server farm."

    At first, I thought at 1 OWA farm near our main SharePoint farm but this means that all other environments would go all the way through the WAN link which is really not that good (>250ms latency) .
    Is it possible to have 3 distinct OWA farms, 1 for each distant SharePoint farm ? All other products would benefit from this setup as well I suppose.

    Does anyone has experience with this kind of setup ? Is it supported ?

    Regards,
    Wes

    Tuesday, October 29, 2013 7:37 PM

Answers

  • The relationship between SharePoint and OWA is one to many.

    A SharePoint farm can be associated with one OWA farm.

    A OWA farm can support many SharePoint farms.

    Putting an OWA farm in each data center to support the local SharePoint farms (and Exchange/Lync) in the same data center makes sense.


    • Marked as answer by Victoria Xia Thursday, November 7, 2013 10:36 AM
    Tuesday, October 29, 2013 8:34 PM

All replies

  • The relationship between SharePoint and OWA is one to many.

    A SharePoint farm can be associated with one OWA farm.

    A OWA farm can support many SharePoint farms.

    Putting an OWA farm in each data center to support the local SharePoint farms (and Exchange/Lync) in the same data center makes sense.


    • Marked as answer by Victoria Xia Thursday, November 7, 2013 10:36 AM
    Tuesday, October 29, 2013 8:34 PM
  • Thanks for the reply.

    You actually reformulated the TechNet article in a different way. It is still not clear from Microsoft point of view. There is no example of such architecture. Hopefully, they will add more detailed examples/supported configuration.

    Regards,
    Wes

    Thursday, November 7, 2013 1:22 PM