Fatal error during installation : Site role install for Azure Pack

I have recently been spending time playing with the Azure Pack and came across a few gotchas that I figured I would blog about to hopefully help out some other folks.

When installing the Site Roles everything was going very quickly which concerned me.


I logged onto my Site Controller to see what was going on and looked at my FrontEnd install and found I was getting errors when installing the Agent.. looking through the logs there was no clear picture of what the problem was.  I was installing these on Server 2012 R2 Preview.


As all the web roles require IIS I decided to check on .NET 3.5 as this is a constant struggle with Server 2012 as it is no longer available automatically.

  1. Click Manage
  2. Click Add Roles and Features
  3. Click Next 4 times
  4. Expand .NET Framework 3.5 Features
  5. Check .Net Framework 3.5 (includes .NET 2.0 and 3.0)
  6. On the next screen click Specify an alternate source path
  7. If you are using a VM load up the Virtual CD drive with your ISO and in the path put D:\Sources\sxs
  8. Click OK
  9. Click Install


Once .NET 3.5 finishes installing the Web Farm Agent will retry again and will be successful this time.

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