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Posted 22 Jan 2019



Configuring Application Server Role, Web Server (IIS) Role Error in Installing SharePoint 2013 in Windows Server 2012

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2 Nov 2019CPOL1 min read
Configuring Application Server Role, Web Server (IIS) Role Error in Installing SharePoint 2013 in Windows Server 2012


This error appeared when I'm configuring the SharePoint 2013 farm prerequisites using the installer.

Use AutoSPInstaller and it will end with the below error:

2019-01-22 09:48:02 - Return code (2)
2019-01-22 09:48:02 - It is recommended that you keep your 
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When you try SharePoint prerequisites installer (prerequisiteinstaller.exe), it ends with the below error.

Application Server Role, Web Server (IIS) Role: configuration error

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How to Solve This Issue

There are numerous reasons where you will encounter this issue.

Resolution 1

Try to execute the installer using Admin Account and you should be a local admin on your sever.

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Resolution 2

Install the .NET components manually using server manager.

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Add Roles and Features and then skip until you reach Features:

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And install .NET 3.5 and 4.5 as described. You might need to insert Source Path for installing 3.5 Framework.

Resolution 3

Sometimes, installer could not execute the shell commands due to various issues, thus:

  • Mount the Windows Server Installer CD in a Drive (assume E:\)
  • Run the following code in the PowerShell:

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  • Make sure you are connected

Execute the following code in the PowerShell:

Add-WindowsFeature Web-Server,Windows-Identity-Foundation,
NET-Non-HTTP-Activ,NET-WCF-HTTP-Activation45 -Source 'E:\sources\sxs'

Resolution 4

The tool tries to execute the Application which resides in:

  • %SystemRoot%\system32\ServerManagerCSD.exe

But current Windows server installation has the server Manager in a different name:

  • %SystemRoot%\system32\ServerManager.exe

So just copy the ServerManager.exe and paste it and rename it to ServerManagerCMD.exe.


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