How to troubleshoot error 0x800F081F when installing roles and features

I’ve seen a couple of issues now where customers are having issues installing roles and features, particularly the .Net Framework 3.5, in Windows 8 and Server 2012.  The general process is that you’ll have an application that needs the older .Net Framework and run through the UI wizard in an attempt to download the files…

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Features on Demand in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

This was written by a co-worker of mine, Jim Collins. Features on Demand is a new feature in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 that will allow you to remove files associated with specific roles and features, typically referred to as payload files. The major benefit of this feature is to conserve disk space. Once…

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How to update local source media to add roles and features

I’ve talked in the past about the new Features on Demand option in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012.  However, let’s say you build out an image, remove some roles and features and then patch the overall install.  If you attempt to add back in roles and features previously removed, the operation will fail because…

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More on Minimal Server Interface

Quick post today following up on my prior post about Features on Demand and role persistence:http://blogs.technet.com/b/joscon/archive/2012/08/20/understanding-features-on-demand-and-role-persistence-in-windows-server-2012.aspx I’ve noticed people on the forums and other places have clicked through the setup process on Windows Server 2012 and ended up in Server Core (as expected btw).  I’ve seen several people mention they’d need to rebuild their machines to get…

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Fixing component store corruption in Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012

One of the most used tools when fixing corruption for Windows Vista, 7, 2008 and 2008 R2 was the System Update and Readiness Tool (KB947821), commonly called CheckSUR.  The CheckSUR tool was an excellent way for most people to see what corruption had happened on their store, and potentially fix that corruption if the tool…

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Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) for Windows 8 are now available

The RTM version of the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 is now available here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=28972 Please take a moment to download them and update any prior RC versions that you might have in your environment.  For those of you who aren’t aware, the RSAT tools are a tools management suite that can be…

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Understanding Features on Demand and role persistence in Windows Server 2012

A new option in Windows Server 2012, Features on Demand, allows for the removal of unwanted feature payloads from a Windows Server 2012 image before or after deployment. The way Features on Demand works is that it takes the payload (binaries for all components and permissions, registry settings, etc. for previously installed and configured components)…

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Now that we’ve RTM’d, what you can expect from the blog

As many of you probably heard, we RTM’d Windows 8, Windows Server 2012 and Windows RT yesterday.  In the event that you’ve been under a rock, you can read the release about RTM here: http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/archive/2012/08/01/windows-8-has-reached-the-rtm-milestone.aspx Now that we have hit RTM and bits will soon be available for some of you, I wanted to give…

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A dying breed

Recently, I interviewed for a new role within Microsoft.  As is the norm here, the last 15 minutes of the interview allows the interviewee to ask questions of the interviewer.  I usually ask the same two questions of each interviewer: 1.  What do you think makes a good <insert position name here>? 2.  Why did…

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Want to know more about Windows 8 Consumer Preview or Server Beta?

Then check out the Understand and Troubleshoot Guides we just released.  These were written by myself and some others on the team working on Windows 8 about all sorts of cool things you can do.  They’re available here: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/7532.understand-and-troubleshoot-windows-server.aspx And yes, there is one on servicing For Windows 8 News and Feature information, see Steven’s…

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