SQL Server 2012 requires that the .NET 3.5 Framework be installed for it to successfully install all of the client tools. Unfortunately, Windows Server 2012 does not install the .NET 3.5 Framework by default, but instead installs the .NET 4.5 Framework. You will get the message that your SQL Server 2012 installation failed on the management tools setup and that you need to install the .NET 3.5 Framework and run the setup again:




As luck would have it, installing the .NET 3.5 Framework on Windows Server 2012 is not exactly as straightforward as going into Server Manager > Manage > Add Roles and Features like it should be. You will see the following errors:


First you will get a warning about missing source files:



If you go in and specify an alternate source path that actually does have the files, say “g:\Sources\SxS”, and click the Install button, you will eventually get an error that says that the source files cannot be found.


In order to work around all of this funkiness with Windows Server 2012 and the .NET 3.5 Framework installation follow the steps below:


  1. First off, we need to get the source files for the .NET 3.5 Framework off of the Windows Server 2012 ISO.
    1. Mount up the Windows Server 2012 ISO
    2. Assuming that the mounted ISO has been given the drive letter of “G:” (change this in the command below to whatever the drive letter actually is in your particular case), run the following command to copy the .NET 3.5 Framework files to the C:\ drive.


xcopy g:\sources\sxs\*.* c:\dotnet35 /s


  1. Next, we need to go into the registry (regedt32.exe) and create a new key. Before you do anything in the registry, do a complete backup of the registry.
    1. Create the following key:




    2. Under this key, create a REG_EXPAND_SZ entry named “LocalSourcePath” and give it a Value of “c:\dotnet35″ (remember, this is where we copied the .NET 3.5 Framework files earlier).
    3. Also under this key, create a DWORD32 entry named “RepairContentServerSource” and give it a value of 2.
  2. Go back to the Server Manager > Dashboard > Manage > Add Roles and Features and once again try to install the .NET 3.5 Framework. This time you should be met with success.



From here, you should be able to re-run the SQL Server 2012 setup again and choose the management tools install and the installation should progress without issue.

 | Posted by tbedwards | Categories: Administration |

Simple, But Powerful Advice

18 February 2013

A couple of weeks ago, I was saddened to learn that someone that I had worked with many years ago when I was a sales associate at Foley’s Department Store, one of the first jobs that I had worked while going to college, had passed away of bladder cancer.  When I started at Foley’s, Ralph was an older gentleman who had previously taken early retirement from a middle management position back East and had decided after moving to Tucson that he was not ready to be completely retired.  So, he embarked on a second career at Foley’s and I was fortunate to have him be the one to show me the ropes when I started my position there.  Ralph was a pretty amazing fellow in that he always saw the bigger picture.  Thus, when we he went to train me to be a sales associate, he took time to not only train me on what I needed to know to do the job at hand, he also took it upon himself to impart wisdom that he had learned over the years that he thought would be useful to me way beyond this sales position, which he knew I wasn’t planning to make my career.


As I reflected back on my friendship with Ralph after I had learned of his passing, one piece of advice that he had given me came to mind.  This was a piece of advice that I had used constantly throughout the 25 years since I worked at Foley’s and it was Ralph’s mantra.  The advice was “plan your work and work your plan.”  Oh, how simple that advice seemed at the time it was given to me, but that simplicity is very deceiving.  Almost every time that I have screwed something up over the course of my career, it can be traced back to a failure to follow this simple piece of advice.  It is not enough just to have a plan; you have to make sure that you actually follow it.  How many times do we have processes or checklists that we fail to follow because we think we know how to do the work faster or we think we know the process by heart only to have that come back and bite us because we left something out.  This advice has become golden to me over the years and constantly keeps me from doing stupid things.  I still find it amazing today that sometimes the simplest advice that we are given can be the most prolific.


In honor of Ralph, I wanted to share this story and bit of advice in the hope that someone might reap the benefits from it that I have. 


Rest in peace old friend, you deserve it.


Ralph Pennacchio 1930-2013