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These are blogs for John Weber. One of my joys in life is helping others get ahead in life. Content here will be focused on that from this date forward. John was a Skype for Business MVP (2015-2018) - before that, a Lync Server MVP (2010-2014). I used to write a variety of articles (https://tsoorad.blogspot.com) on technical issues with a smattering of other interests. I have a variety of certifications dating back to Novell CNE and working up through the Microsoft MCP stack to MCITP multiple times. FWIW, I am on my third career - ex-USMC, retired US Army. I have a fancy MBA. The opinions expressed on this blog are mine and mine alone.


Office WAC (WAS) Server Update and Lync 2013

Microsoft has an update, if you can call it that, to the Office Web Apps Server that is used (amongst others) by Lync 2013.

This “update” is 584MB of download, and will require the following procedure to update your Lync 2013 WAS (WAC) server(s).  If you have a one server pool, no problem.

Open powershell on the host server as and administrator….


Do a Get-OfficeWebAppsFarm just to confirm the box thinks the farm is gone.  Then run the update.  It won’t take but about 10 minutes and wants a reboot.

Then recreate your Office Web Apps Farm with “new-OfficeWebAppsFarm”

If you have a pool of two or more servers, then you might think you can do one node at a time, right?!  Not so fast young Padiwan.  Remove the WebAppsFarm in its’ entirety.  As in take it completely down.  Go to each node in the farm, and run the Remove-OfficeWebsAppsMachine.  Once the last server is out of the farm, ensure the farm is really gone.  Then run the patch/update in, then reboot the entire mess. After that, recreate your Office Web Apps Farm.  You did record all those commands when you first put the farm together, right?

Enjoy taking the entire farm down for an update.


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