Office Web Apps Server – KB2592525 Installation failed

I’ve recently updated our company’s internal SharePoint 2010 portal to SharePoint 2013. One difference is that web apps is now a separate installation on another machine. The installation is straight forward and documented on Technet . However, there was on tricky issue. KB2592525 is a prerequisite and the PS New-OfficeWebAppsFarm cmdlet checks if the KB2592525 is installed. I was installing on a Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 with all the actual patches but KB2592525  was not installed and the KB2592525 installer refused to install on this machine. One way to get around this issue is to force the update using pkgmgr.

  1. Download KB2592525  to folder on your system
  2. Create a new folder called “files”
  3. Extract the MSU: expand Windows6.1-KB2592525-x64.msu –F:* .\files
  4. go to files
  5. Install using Pkgmgr: pkgmgr /ip /m:Windows6.1-KB2592525-x64.cab

That’s it, and the New-OfficeWebAppsFarm cmdlet will accept this workaround.

MCTS: 70-573 SharePoint 2010 Application Development

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On Friday 13th Smiley I was certified for SharePoint 2010 Application Development. Since every Dynamics AX Silver+ Partner need at least on SharePoint guy, I’m the one for InsideAx. I’m already experienced in maintaining SharePoint 2012 (mainly Foundation) for those of our Customers running Rolecenter in AX 2009. Furthermore I’ve upgraded and developed Enterprise Portal applications in the last two years. However, EP development and classic SharePoint development does diverge. Everybody who ever tried to modify EP using SharePoint designer knows what I’m taking about.

I don’t want to say that all the cool SharePoint features cannot be used to extend Dynamics AX (e.g. I’ve built a web based appointment app using SharePoint and its lists and calendars to visualize the schedules). All those who are now forced to get in touch with SharePoint may experience that it can be used in may cases to provide cool solutions for their customers. But I’d like Microsoft to strengthen the web / enterprise portal development aspect of Dynamics AX by extending the development course materials and provide an Enterprise Portal Certification.