Managing Exchange Server 2013 Apps – Managing New Apps

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In this Tutorial we are going over the process to install and publish a new App using Exchange Admin Center. In the previous article we covered the steps to manage an existent application and in this Tutorial we are going to the Office store to download an application.

Adding a new application…

The first step is to be logged on Exchange Admin Center, then click on organization and then on apps. In this new page, let’s click on + and here we can add the application from a file (in house application), an URL or Office Store. Let’s click on Add from the Office Store

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In the new page we will have a list of all available applications, you will see tons of really cool applications.

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For this Tutorial we are going to add a really cool one which is MHA (Microsoft Header Analyzer) and that one allows the receiver of the message to analyze the header of the received message. Let’s click on the application on the main page, and then we can click on add to start the installation process in our organization.

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A message similar to the one listed below will be displayed, click on Yes to continue with the installation.

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The result of that operation will be a new application listed, let’s select the new app (Message Header Analyzer) and let’s click on Edit (second button from the left)

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We will have the same control of the default applications, by default it will come as available to all users but disabled by default.

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End-user experience…

Let’s log on on our Outlook Web App, then click on Settings and then Options.

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In this new page, let’s click on apps and a list of all installed Apps will be listed, notice that MHA shows as installed by Organization instead of Default like the other entries. Since we made it available the end-user can select the app from the list and on the right-side he will be able to enable it by clicking on enable

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Now that we have the app enabled, the user can go back to the Inbox and the gray bar will show up for any existent message.

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If the user wants to analyze the header of the message he just need to click on the link MessageHeaderAnalyzer and he will have all the information that we have available with ExRCA.com. Pretty cool, eh?

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How to remove an app?

If the installation process was a piece of cake we can’t expect anything less from the removal process. Logged on the Exchange Admin Center, select the desired app and just hit the Remove button. A second option is to remove the app from the list of available apps for the end-users.

Note: By default all Exchange Server 2013 Apps (Action Items, Bing Maps, Suggested Meeting e Unsubscribe) cannot be removed. The only way to make them go away for the end-users is unchecking the option Make this app available to users in your organization

Let’s say that we want to remove Bing Maps from our end-users, we just need to uncheck the button as shown in the figure below.

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The end-user experience will be only 4 apps where Bing is not listed anymore.

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Written by Anderson Patricio

Anderson Patricio

Anderson Patricio is a Canadian Exchange Server MVP and MCSM (Solutions Master) and he contributes to the Microsoft Community with articles, tutorials, blog posts, forums and book reviews. He is a regular contributor at MSExchange.org, AndersonPatricio.ca (English) and AndersonPatricio.org (Portuguese).
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