Windows Server 2016: Enable Flash

KB ID 0001484


I have a management server that I connect to, to manage my infrastructure, having just replaced it with server 2016, I could no longer manage my VMware Center as it didn’t have flash. Back in server 2012 this was an easy fix;

Windows Server 2012 – Enable Flash

However try and to the ton Server 2016 and this happens;

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PS C:\Users\administrator.PNL> Install-WindowsFeature Desktop-Experience

Install-WindowsFeature : ArgumentNotValid: The role, role service, or feature name is not valid: ‘Desktop-Experience’. The name was not found. At line:1 char:1 + Install-WindowsFeature Desktop-Experience + ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ + CategoryInfo : InvalidArgument: (Desktop-Experience:String) [Install-WindowsFeature], Exception + FullyQualifiedErrorId : NameDoesNotExist,Microsoft.Windows.ServerManager.Commands.AddWindowsFeatureCommand

Success Restart Needed Exit Code Feature Result ——- ————– ——— ————– False No InvalidArgs {}

PS C:\Users\administrator.PNL>


Note: You need Server 2016 Datacenter (Desktop Experience) version to do this.

Go to the flash website and it (wrongly,) thinks you are using Windows 10 (we it’s the same code, I’ll let them off,) and it also says “it’s already installed just enable it”, but its not there?

Flash Missing Server 2016

You need to install it with the following command;

dism /online /add-package /packagepath:”C:\Windows\servicing\Packages\Adobe-Flash-For-Windows-Package~31bf3856ad364e35~amd64~~10.0.14393.0.mum”

Install Flash on server 2016

You will then need to reboot!

Post reboot, you will see Server 2016 will now download updates for Flash, and it’s enabled.

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Author: PeteLong

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