Excel file error after upgrade from 2010 to 2013

Hi there,

I did the upgrade from 2010 (Enterprise) to 2013. The excel files are not opening giving error.

ULS Log: "Unexpected error when trying to access service settings in the configuration database. Make sure the proxy for this service application is a member of the default proxy group for the active web application. Error = ExcelServerWebServiceApplication.Local: Could not get the web application associated with this context. This indicates that the Excel Server service is not properly registered or provisioned.."

Question : Do I need to create New Excel Service Application separately on SharePoint 2013 Server?

I followed this link for upgrade http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj839719.aspx but it doesn't say anything for Excel SA.

Note: I have plan to configure separate Office APP Server to give user access the documents on iPad/iPhone. Should I need to do any configuration related to this error on Office App Server?

Please advice.



January 23rd, 2014 12:48pm

this error is telling me that excel services is not assocated to the Web App.

Could you please check from here

Central Admin > Application Management > Web Applications > Select the Web App and From Ribbon select the services Connection.

make Sure Excel Services is checked.

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January 24th, 2014 12:04am

Hi Khushi ,

Yes, you need to create New Excel Service Application separately on SharePoint 2013 Server. Due to  only the following service applications have databases that can be upgraded when you upgrade from SharePoint Server 2010 to SharePoint Server 2013:

  • Business Data Connectivity service application
  • Managed Metadata service application
  • PerformancePoint Services service application
  • Search service application
  • Secure Store Service application
  • User Profile service application

Attaching and upgrading these databases configures these service applications. Settings for other services will have to be reconfigured when you upgrade.

Reference: Services upgrade overview for SharePoint Server 2013

For configuring Office Web Apps Server , you can refer to the blog:


Best Regards,


January 24th, 2014 2:55am

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