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When I try to install Sharepoint 2013 on a new Windows 2012 R2 server, I encounter the following error with the Product Preparation Tool:

Unable to install Application Server Role

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I followed a KB article of Microsoft but without any result.

Update: I manually installed all prerequisites. They are successfully installed, but the Product Preparation Tool still gives an error:

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    Do you have the disc/iso left for w2012 R2? Mount it to D, and add Net 3.5 from "Add features and roles" in Server Manager, and specify the sourcepath to " D:\sources\sxs". Jan 18, 2016 at 9:37
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    For full support you should have installed with the SharePoint 2103 SP1 slipstreamed installation media, that is the first one officially supporting Server 2012R2 Jan 18, 2016 at 12:14
  • @RobertLindgren thanks. See my answer for the 'strange' thing I had to do to fix this.
    – Citizen SP
    Jan 18, 2016 at 12:18
  • Yeah that is a known workaround, but great that you found away around it :) Jan 18, 2016 at 14:28

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You also need .NET Framework 3.5 installed. Check under features that its available.

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If not, follow the guide How to install .NET Framework 3.5 on Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2

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    Beat me to it. +1 :) Jan 18, 2016 at 9:39
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    @Benny Skogberg check. Already installed.
    – Citizen SP
    Jan 18, 2016 at 9:40
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    @CitizenDB You will need to restart the server. Jan 18, 2016 at 9:43
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    @user19952 done. no result
    – Citizen SP
    Jan 18, 2016 at 9:45
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    @CitizenDB Last times i had problem with R2 i had to install this update as well to be able to progress. Worth a shot. support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3005628 Jan 18, 2016 at 9:52
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The solution to this problem: In Windows Server2012 R2 ServerManagerCMD.exe does not exist, but the setup needs it. I made a copy of C:\Windows\system32\ServerManagerCmd.exe and renamed it to ServerManagerCMD.exe. After this 'fix' all prerequisites are successfully installed.

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  • I skipped this solution a few times. This was the magic trick that worked for me and solved my issues. May 28, 2021 at 10:18

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