Windows Server 2012 Beta: How to configure WSUS Reporting

Installation of Windows Server 2012 Beta WSUS is a easy and straight forward task, which you can do via Server Manager or remotely by adding the required Role.


After I installed WSUS it worked immediately without any issues, but when I tried to open one of the computer reports I got following message.


So I thought no problem. I download report viewer from Microsoft website and I will install it.

But when I tried to install it told me I need .Net Framework 2.0 . But you can’t install .Net framework redistributable bits on Windows Server 2012 Beta , since .Net Framework 4 is already installed. And when you try to install the redistributable files Windows will tell you that you should add it via roles and features.   So what to do ?

Here is the solution. You will need the Windows 2012 Server Beta Installation sources. In my case in Drive D:



Starting  Command prompt as Administrator



Dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFX3 /featurename:NetFx3ServerFeatures /Source:D:\sources\sxs
Note: D: is the drive letter of DVD drive on the computer, adjust it accordingly.



after running successful .Net Installation via DSIM you can run the installation of Report Viewer tools without a problem




Now Reports works fine Smile !




Comments (42)

  1. Thanks for this! I'm getting ready for rolling out a test lab with 2012 and this is on the list of things for testing!

  2. Endang Irawan says:

    Great…Thanks for your experience, I'm have same problem with WSUS Win2012

  3. imran says:

    Great thanks for sharing this …

  4. imran says:

    Thanks !

  5. Eva says:


  6. Ismail says:

    Can we use Report viewer 2012 instead?

  7. doknow says:

    Thanks, this helps a Lot!

    Microsoft: it's been a whole year!  Get your act together!

  8. Cliff Warden says:

    Many thanks, this saved me a lot of pain and frustration

  9. Dave says:

    Thanks helped a lot.

  10. Rax says:

    Great stuff, cheers!

  11. Dim says:

    I mentioned that Report Viewer 2012 is not working. Thanks for the good advice man! This works great!

  12. Nose says:

    Thanx for the walk through!

    Is this still valid for the "2012R2 Preview"?

    I keep getting "NetFX3ServerFeatures" unknown.

  13. rod says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this!! It was a great help!

  14. Anton Vovchenko says:

    1) Install Net.Framework 3.5 (already included  2.0 and 3.0)

    Add-WindowsFeature net-framework-features -IncludeAllSubFeature

    2) install Report Viewer 2008 SP1 from…/confirmation.aspx

  15. CW says:

    Just sums up what a load **** Microsoft are. Integration nah, let’s keep peddling an incompatible report viewer in our 2012 R2 release of WSUS and leave our customers to just through hoops.

  16. Sebastien says:

    TKS exactly what i needed

  17. Quinten says:

    Thank You!

  18. CR says:

    Extremely helpful. Not surprising Report Viewer 2012 would not work with WSUS.

  19. Dmitry Vasilkov says:

    Thanks helped a lot.

  20. Dmitry Vasilkov says:

    Thanks helped a lot.

  21. Ismael4 says:

    Thank you, sir. Worked perfectly.

  22. JL says:

    Thanks a lot, i spend approx 2 hours in this problem and short before a nervous breakdwon….

    It works fine

  23. JL says:

    Thanks a lot, i spend approx 2 hours in this problem and short before a nervous breakdwon….

    It works fine

  24. Casey4 says:

    Thank you for this. Headache solved.

  25. dbmuse says:

    installed report view 2012 on windows 2012 and guess what .. it don’t work. Not happy at all. thanks ms

  26. Tyrone Saunders says:

    Muito bom!! Parabéns!

  27. ruslan says:

    thanks for the solution. searched for this problem but did not find the answer to it is not yet gone to your site. it works!

  28. KW says:

    great thanks

  29. PM says:


  30. IC says:

    Why doesn’t Microsoft just fix this BS already. What a crap company losing customers left and right because all their support are dimwits that can’t understand the customers.

  31. Thank you Anton says:

    a year later your comment helped me

  32. dom says:

    excellent that worked

  33. UffTaTa says:

    this one worked

    — Anton Vovchenko Anton Vovchenko
    14 Nov 2013 12:44 PM

    1) Install Net.Framework 3.5 (already included 2.0 and 3.0)

    Add-WindowsFeature net-framework-features -IncludeAllSubFeature -Source PathToInstallCD

    2) install Report Viewer 2008 SP1 from…/confirmation.aspx

  34. OleTechie Mark says:

    Thanks this was very useful and ill documented elsewhere!

  35. CS says:

    This works on Win 2012 R2 wsus virtual server=)

  36. Problem solved!! says:

    Thanks for sharing your knowledge

  37. Law says:

    Very helpful

  38. TS says:

    Thanks, worked like a charm

  39. Chetan Shirtawale says:


  40. xponard says:

    Windows Server 2012 R2 – WSUS – Report Feature
    – close WSUS Update Services console
    – mount iso/DVD of Windows Server 2012R2 into DVD-ROM drive (D:)
    – PS:> Install-WindowsFeature -name NET-Framework-Core -source D:sourcessxs
    – unmount DVD/iso
    – install Report Viewer 2008 SP1

  41. everiknow says:

    i found another solution :
    type this in powershell : Install-WindowsFeature -Name Net-Framework-Core

    then install the exe for the report viewer 2008.

  42. Yano says:

    Thanks, it works for me.

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