If you're getting into setting up a home SharePoint lab, you may have encountered problems with the .NET Framework 3.5 not installing on Windows Server 2012/R2.

This is a well documented problem, with a well-documented fix.

The DISM command-line tool fixes things up nicely:

http://www.danielclasson.com/install-net-framework-35-server-2012/

HOWEVER...

I encountered issues where the installation would complete to 66% -- every time -- and fail to complete. This was maddening, until I found the answer (no, I don't remember where.)

The problem was occurring because I had performed multiple updates on the server from Windows Update before installing the software. This caused the "image version" to be different -- this has to be the same for the .Net 3.5 installation to complete properly.

As such, whenever redoing my lab VM's, I always install the framework AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to ensure the tool will run properly.

 


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