Skype for Business Server and Flash Player (Desktop Experience)

If you do not want to inadvertently add Adobe Flash to your Skype for Business Server 2015 installation, a desktop application that serves no real purpose on your SERVER operating system (other than making it vulnerable from a security perspective), a review of my previous post* is in order.

This is important as various blog postings, including Microsoft’s #skype4b documentation on TechNet Library (link), continue to make the same (old) suggestion to install this “side application” as part of the prerequisites as of today.


In the pre Windows Server 2012 (R2) days, the “Windows Media Format Runtime” feature is an integral part of the Desktop-Experience feature. On the PowerShell command line, you should now replace the latter with Server-Media-Foundation instead to avoid installing the unneeded Flash component altogether i.e.

Add-WindowsFeature NET-Framework-Core,NET-WCF-HTTP-Activation45,RSAT-ADDS, Server-Media-Foundation, Web-Asp-Net,Web-Asp-Net45,Web-Basic-Auth,Web-Client-Auth,Web-Default-Doc,Web-Dyn-Compression,Web-Filtering,Web-Http-Errors,Web-Http-Logging,Web-Http-Tracing,Web-ISAPI-Ext,Web-ISAPI-Filter,Web-Log-Libraries,Web-Mgmt-Tools,Web-Net-Ext,Web-Request-Monitor,Web-Scripting-Tools,Web-Stat-Compression,Web-Static-Content,Web-Windows-Auth,Windows-Identity-Foundation -Source D:\sources\SxS

*Original post (old blog before migration):

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