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Tips n Tricks – SharePoint 2013 support for Windows Server 2012 R2

I'm blogging this quickly to make sure that you guys won't waste time like me trying to install SharePoint 2013 on a Windows Server 2012 R2 machine.

I was trying to setup a new virtual machine and as usual I went and downloaded all the latest software through my MSDN Subscription. I installed and configured Windows Server 2012 R2 and installed Active Directory and SQL Server as usual and when it comes to installing SharePoint 2013, I lost my patience. I tried installing Prerequisites installer and it just gave me the following error:

Application Server Role, Web Server (IIS) Role: configuration error

It didn't allow me to proceed and I went searching Bing and Google and found number of posts suggesting me to try following:

None of the above workarounds didn't make my life better and it just gave me the same error and stopped Prerequisites installer giving me the above error.

Finally, I decided to do another search and here is what I found from Bill Baer's blog - :


Currently, Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 is not supported for installation on computers running the Windows Server 2012 R2 operating system.   Installing SharePoint Server 2013 on a computer that is running Windows Server 2012 R2 could lead to unexpected behavior, therefore, Microsoft does not support SharePoint Server 2013 in Windows Server 2012 R2.

SharePoint Server 2013 with Service Pack 1 and SharePoint Foundation 2013 with Service Pack 1 will offer support for Windows Server 2012 R2. The release date for Service Pack 1 for SharePoint Server 2013 and SharePoint Foundation 2013 is to be determined. This article will be updated as more information becomes available.

I found the answer to my problem and it doesn't support Windows Server 2012 R2. I'm going to start from the scratch with Windows Server 2012 and I believe Bill Bear's blog will give you more information about this issue.

Posted by Joy

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