Windows Server

How to upgrade Windows Admin Center

Windows Admin Center is your remote management tool for Windows Server running anywhere–physical, virtual, on-premises, in Azure, or in a hosted environment–at no additional cost. There is a need to quickly update from WAC 1910 to WAC 2007 because of numerous issues (bugs) it had.

You should be aware and prepare yourself adequately for the update of WAC updates as it is being deployed at regular intervals. That is, WAC is subject to the Modern Lifecycle Policy and this means that frequent updates are compulsory. See the following links for “How to setup Windows Admin Center and also how to troubleshoot Windows Admin Center (WAC) access from the Web. For more on Windows Admin Center, please visit this link.

If you would like to install, uninstall and upgrade your applications using Windows Package Manager “Chocolatey”, please see the following articles “How to install Chocolatey” and “How to install, upgrade and uninstall software with Chocolatey“. You may also be interested in Winglet, which is also a Windows Package manager “Winglet”. See how to install Winglet and how to install applications with Winglet CLI

Windows Admin Centre will alert you whenever there is a new version for download.
– To determine the prevent version of WAC that I am running, click on the question (?) icon at the top right as shown in the image below.

As you can see, we are currently running WAC 1910. This needs to be upgraded to WAC 2007.

Upon clicking on the link as shown above “Updates Available”, you will be redirected to a Microsoft page to have this downloaded.
– Click on download as shown below

Click on continue in order to proceed

Since, this is an evaluation copy, you will be required to enter your information, populate it proceed as described

Now, we can we can download the setup file as shown below
– Just click on download

As you can see, the MSI file has been downloaded.

In order to have this new version of WAC installed, we need to double click on the file
– This will open up the Admin Center – Setup page as shown below
– Accept the license and click on continue

Do not make any changes to the window below except you have installed a new certificate and would like to use that.
– Click on Install as shown below

As we can see, WAC version 2007 is being installed.

When this is complete, please click on finish and that is all that needs to be done.

To reveal the version of Windows Admin Centre we are currently running, click on the question (?) icon at the top right. As you can see, we are now running WAC 2007.

Note: You can also use PowerShell, Windows Update, or WSUS to fulfill this task. There is a PowerShell script written by Paolo to upgrade WAC. This can be found in his GitHub repository.

I hope you found this blog post helpful. If you have any questions, please let me know in the comment session.

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