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Automating Microsoft® SharePoint® 2010 Administration with Windows PowerShell® 2.0 by Shannon Bray, Gary Lapointe

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Provision Word Automation Services

Word Automation Services is another new Service Application delivered with SharePoint 2010. This Service Application was developed to address the common issue of administrators and developers installing the client version of Microsoft Word on the server to facilitate tasks such as document conversion between different Word formats, conversions to fixed formats such as PDF and XPS, and form fills, just to name but a few of these tasks.

There is no out-of-the-box interface for using the Word Automation Service capabilities, but there is an API available for developers to support the creation of custom applications and workflows that leverage the service.

The steps for provisioning the Word Automation Service are ...

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