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INSTALLING .NET 3.5 FRAMEWORKS ON WINDOWS SERVER 2012 R2

July 22, 2016 09:47PM

You may encounter .NET Framework 3.5 error while installation of feature on windows server 2012 R2 and .net frameworks features cannot be installed. As shown in below screenshot in Add Roles and Feature wizard. 

Add Roles and Features Wizard .net 3.5 failed

Feature installation
Installation of one or more roles, role services, or features failed.
The source files could not be found. Try installing the roles, role services, or features again in a new Add Roles and Features Wizard session, and on the Confirmation page of the wizard, click "Specify an alternate source path" to specify a valid location of the source files that are required for the installation. The location must be accessible by the computer account of the destination server.
.NET Frameworks 3.5 Features
    .NET Framework 3.5 (includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0)

To resolved this issue you must have windows 2012 R2 ISO file or DVD, (If you have direct internet connection these steps are not necessary and it will download required files for installation)  Once you select .Net frameworks 3.5 feature in server manager add roles and features wizard, click Next. 

add roles and features .net frameworks 3.5 feature gui

Here you must mount OS ISO file or insert DVD in the rom. Click on specify an alternate source path, Provide the OS files location, in my case D drive is my CDROM, so my location will be D:\Sources\sxs, in you case replace D with CDROM Drive or file path.

,net frameworks feature installation using specify an alternete source path

There is another procedure if you want to install this feature using Powershell use command
Install-WindowsFeature 'NET-Framework-Core' -Source D:\sources\sxs
If everything is good you get success  true and Exit code Success on the console output.
Powershell Install-windowsFeature .net

Another commandline  can be use for same task.
Dism.exe /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFX3 /All /Source:d:\sources\sxs /LimitAccess

If you don't have ISO or DVD computer must be configured to take updates from Microsoft directly, and run above procedures without specifying source, It will install .net feature on windows 2012 r2 without ISO or DVD. 

This blog is also application for Windows 8.x and Windows 10, for more on this check out https://support.microsoft.com/en-in/kb/2734782. 

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