WAC/OOS error: Could not read settings

I was struggling with an Office Online Server recently that didn’t want to talk to me. I was able to create the OfficeWebAppsFarm OK, but then couldn’t query it (as I wanted to check its health):

CouldNotReadSettings

PS C:\> Get-OfficeWebAppsFarm
Get-OfficeWebAppsFarm : Could not read settings from WEBAPPS. The destination is unreachable.

The fix was a simple one: the WWW service was stopped. As soon as I restarted it, I was able to execute the ‘get-farm’ commandlet OK.

PS C:\> get-service W3SVC
Status   Name               DisplayName
------   ----               -----------
Stopped  3SVC               World Wide Web Publishing Service
PS C:\> start-service W3SVC

 

– G.

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