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Installing .NET Framework 3.5 Features (includes .NET 2 and 3.0) onto Server 2012 R2

To install Microsoft .NET 3.5 Features including .NET 2 and 3.0

Pass through the first few steps to add the role and feature until you see .NET Framework 3.5 Features (Figure 1)

Figure 1 (Add Role and Features Wizard)


Press next:

Then at the bottom of the window press on Specify an alternate source path (Figure 2)

Figure 2 (Specify an alternate source path)

With your Windows Server 2012 DVD mounted or in the drive locate the sxs folder and copy the location address. In my case its D:\source\sxs (Figure 3)

Figure 3 (sxs location)

Now with the alternate file location set go through the install as normal and this time it won’t fail.