Install Add-Ins

Applies To: Windows Server 2016 Essentials, Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials, Windows Server 2012 Essentials

You can include add-ins on all server or client computers by installing them before creating an image. These add-ins will then be automatically included on all computers replicated using that image. You can either install an add-in by running the .wssx file or you can install individual add-in files by following the guidance in the SDK documentationfor each type of add-in. If you install by using a .wssx file, the add-in can be uninstalled through the Add-In Manager. If you install the individual files, the add-in is not managed from the Add-In Manager.


Any software that is installed or downloaded on the server (including Dashboard tabs and health notifications) should have a localized interface that matches the language of the operating system that is installed on the server.

To install an add-in

  1. (Optional) If you are installing the add-in by using a .wssx file, complete the following steps:

    1. Save the .wssx file on the reference computer.

    2. Double click the .wssx file to open the Add-in Installation Wizard.

    3. Follow the instructions in the wizard to complete the installation.

  2. (Optional) Install the individual add-in files in the appropriate locations as defined in the SDK for each type of add-in.

See Also

Creating and Customizing the Image
Additional Customizations
Preparing the Image for Deployment
Testing the Customer Experience