Sharepoint integrated reporting services with SQL Always on availability group

It happened once that i needed to provision a Sharepoint 2013 farm including MS SQL Server Reporting Services (SRSS). I had some issues – maybe you found this post ‘cos of that – which i would also share and give a hint on the solution.

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Cannot install .NET Framework 3.5 features on Windows Server 2012

Symptom

On a default installation of Windows Server 2012 sometimes you experience problems with the .NET Framework 3.5 features while trying to enable it.

It fails if you try to install it using the Add Roles and Features Wizard, using Powershell or dism.

.NET Framework 3.5 features installation failure
.NET Framework 3.5 features installation failure

The same happens during an SQL Server installation with the following error message:

The following error has occurred:

Error while enabling Windows feature: NetFx3, Error Code: -2146498298, Please try enabling Windows feature: NetFx3 from Windows management tools and then run setup again.

Error while enabling Windows feature: NetFx3
Error while enabling Windows feature: NetFx3

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Roles, features and the WinSxS folder in Windows Server 2012

Back in time when I had to install additional Windows Components on a 2003 Server the Windows Comopnents Wizard asked me to insert the install disk or point to a folder which contains the install files. In Windows Server 2008 this was changed and all files were copied to the C:\Windows\WinSxS folder so when I decided to install a feature or a role all files were already on the machine. Unfortunately these files cannot be removed but in Windows Server 2012 you have this option to save space, have smaller server footprint, and even satisfy your security officer: this is called features on demand.

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Install IIS (or any role and feature) on Windows Server 2012 with Powershell

In Windows Server 2012 -just like in the previous version – you can add IIS through the Add roles and features wizard. The GUI navigates you all the steps necessary for the installation and offers you the option to install any additional role service considering dependencies.

Add roles and features wizard
Add roles and features wizard

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