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Submitting apps for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet in China

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Learn about the requirements for submitting apps for SharePoint that require OAuth for Office 365 operated by 21Vianet in China.

Last modified: October 31, 2014

Applies to: apps for SharePoint | Office 365 | SharePoint Foundation 2013 | SharePoint Server 2013

Note Note

If your app is not an app for SharePoint that requires OAuth authentication, this does not apply to you.

Office 365 operated by 21Vianet is powered by the technology that Microsoft has licensed to 21Vianet.

Microsoft does not operate the service itself; 21Vianet operates, provides and manages delivery of the service. 21Vianet is the largest carrier-neutral Internet data center services provider in China. It provides hosting, managed network services, and cloud computing infrastructure services. Microsoft licenses Office 365 to 21Vianet, who then use it to set up Office 365 data center for their users in China. 21Vianet operates local Office 365 data centers and provide Office 365 services to users in China while keeping their data within China. 21Vianet also provide user subscription and billing services, as well as support.

Note Note

These services are subject to Chinese law.

An app for SharePoint that requires OAuth authentication uses OAuth client ID and client secret generated by Microsoft Azure services. The authorization server is Microsoft Azure Access Control Service (ACS).

The client ID and client secret providers in China are different from the providers for the rest of the world. The client ID and client secret providers in China are hosted in different data centers from the providers for the rest of the world. The Seller Dashboard has the capability to create client ID and client secret for the China data center and for the global data center.

Because your app for SharePoint that requires OAuth authentication has to be associated with a client ID and client secret, you will need to submit an additional copy of your app if you wish to distribute your app to Chinese users of Office 365 operated by 21Vianet. This requires submitting two separate copy of your app—one submission using the client ID for China and targeting Chinese users of Office 365 operated by 21Vianet, and the other submission using the client ID for the rest of the world. When you submit your app in the Seller Dashboard for distribution in China, you block access for all countries except China. In addition, you also create a separate app listing.

If you only wish to distribute your app to Chinese users of Office 365 operated by 21Vianet, you will only need to submit one app listing and use the client ID for China. Similarly, if you do not wish to distribute to China, you will only need one app listing and use the global (non-China) client ID.

Note Note

For more information about creating client ID and client secret, see How to: Create or update client IDs and secrets in the Microsoft Seller Dashboard. To learn about the prerequisites, app and other information you need to have ready before app submission, see Checklist for submitting an app to the Microsoft Seller Dashboard. To learn how to submit your apps for approval and inclusion in the Office Store, see How to: Submit apps for SharePoint to the Microsoft Seller Dashboard.

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