Announcing availability of Office Online Server Preview and the new SCOM Management Pack for SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview

In September 2012, we announced availability of the Office Web Apps Server as a standalone on-premises server, which provided browser-based versions of Word, PowerPoint, Excel and OneNote. In our journey to enable rich viewing and editing experiences through Office in the browser, we’re making available Office Online Server Preview (OOS)—the evolution of Office Web Apps.

OOS brings the features and improvements you experience with cloud-based Office Online to your on-premises solutions. SharePoint 2016 and Exchange 2016 are both designed to work with OOS. Here is an overview of the updates and improvements:

  • Improved co-authoring support
  • Significant additions to authoring features
  • Heavy investments in performance and stability

But one thing that hasn’t changed is the setup and management story for OOS. We have worked hard to make the transition from Office Web Apps Server 2013 to OOS as simple as possible. Also, while you’ll need OOS for SharePoint 2016 and Exchange 2016, OOS is completely backwards compatible with SharePoint 2013.

Get started with the OOS Preview

Get started with OOS Preview today by downloading the .ISO from the Microsoft Download Center. The OOS Preview works with products and services that support WOPI, such as SharePoint Server 2016, Skype for Business and Exchange Server 2016. An OOS farm can provide services to multiple on-premises hosts, and you can scale out the farm as your organization’s needs grow.

SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview Management Pack

In addition, we understand with new technology you need to be able to rationalize issues and respond quickly—to that end we’re also making available a new System Center Management Pack for SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview.

The SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview Management Pack is designed to be used for monitoring events, collecting SharePoint component-specific performance counters in a centralized location, and for raising alerts for operator intervention as necessary.

By detecting, sending alerts and automatically correlating critical events, the Management Pack helps indicate, correct and prevent possible service outages or configuration problems—allowing you to proactively manage SharePoint servers and identify issues before they become critical.

The Management Pack monitors and provides alerts for automatic notification of events indicating service outages, performance degradation and health monitoring.

The System Center Management Pack for SharePoint Server 2016 monitors:

  • SharePoint 2016-related services (Timer, Tracing and Search)
  • SharePoint 2016-related events
  • Internet Information Services-related events (only events emitted from SharePoint Application, not from IIS)
  • Microsoft SQL Server database-related events (only events emitted from SharePoint Application, not from SQL Server)
  • SharePoint 2016 server performance

To run the Management Pack, you need the System Center Operation Manager 2012 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 with Full-Text Search feature.

Try it out and share your feedback

You can download the SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview Management Pack via the Microsoft Download Center and share feedback directly with our engineering teams through the new SharePoint Server 2016 IT Preview forum. We also welcome feature requests and feedback via the Systems Center Operations Manager suggestion box on UserVoice, @System_Center on Twitter and in the comments below.

—Bill Baer, senior technical product manager for the SharePoint team