Problem installing the SCSM Authoring console

When you want to install the SCSM Authoring console you might run into the same problem that I did, around the prerequisites checker, stating the Microsoft Visual Studio Shell is not installed:


Despite downloading the shell from the link and installing it, the error remained.

I then tried to edit the Authoring_PrerequisiteInputFile.xml and took out the third pre-req check. To bypass the check to see if the installation would complete.


But this just returned a new error

And in the log:

RunCommand: Executing:C:\WINDOWS\Installer\MSI3A4F.tmp-\RegPkg.exe /ranu "C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft System Center 2012\Service Manager Authoring\PackagesToLoad\MainEditorPackage.dll"
RunCommand: 'C:\WINDOWS\Installer\MSI3A4F.tmp-\RegPkg.exe' failed with Exit code -532459699
RunCommand: Error:
Unhandled Exception: System.IO.FileNotFoundException: Could not load file or assembly 'Microsoft.VisualStudio.Shell.9.0, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b03f5f7f11d50a3a' or one of its dependencies. The system cannot find the file specified.
File name: 'Microsoft.VisualStudio.Shell.9.0, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=b03f5f7f11d50a3a'
   at Microsoft.VisualStudio.Tools.RegPkg.Main(String arguments)
RegisterPackage: **Error**: Failed to Register Package


It turns out the installation of the AppEnvRedist.exe DOES NOT always install Visual Studio 2008 Shell Isolated Mode Redistributable Package completely. You have to do this manually.

When you download and run the AppEnvRedist.exe it creates a folder named C:\VS 2008 Shell Redist\Isolated Mode\

In this folder run on the VS_Shell_isolated.enu.exe to perform the installation.


After the installation completes, the prereqs are good and the installation is also a success.


You can download the authoring console from here:

Kudos to Winds Wu for figuring this out.

Comments (21)
  1. Ed (DareDevil57) says:

    Thanks for the solution.

  2. Thanks Thomas for sharing that!

  3. MarcVi says:

    Finally, thanks.

  4. phat_gz says:

    Thanks Thomas for sharing the Information with us! I was beginning to question my sanity 🙂

    This step is NOT documented in the TechNet so this article saves a lot of Frustration.

  5. phat_gz says:

    Small Addition for not-english operating Systems:
    You HAVE to download and install the corresponding Version of the Visual Studio 2008 Shell. In my Case im from Germany and i had to install this file: vs_shell_isolated.deu.exe

    If you install the vs_shell_isolated.enu.exe then tie prerequisites check still failes.

  6. Enjerryneer!! says:

    Your post is so good my friend!!!! lot of thanks!!!!

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  9. guna007 says:

    thank you so much guyz … u guyz rocking !!!

  10. Damien says:

    Thanks a lot

  11. sam says:

    Thanks a million!.

  12. brett says:

    That was driving me nuts. Tried multiple machines and then found your post. Thanks for finding the solution and taking the time to write it up.

  13. Joe says:

    Thank You!

  14. ravi butola says:

    just removed the entire 03 pre req , it will work

  15. Ben says:

    Wow thank you so much

  16. S John says:

    Thank you very much. Saved a lot of frustation

  17. Tracy A says:

    Thank you. This was a painful installation, but your solution worked for me!

  18. Inn VNix Ginner says:

    Muchas gracias

  19. Inn VNix Ginner says:

    Muchas gracias por su publicación(Disculpe el comentario anterior, pulsé intro sin querer antes de enviarlo completo)

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