I’ve gotten some nice responses in the comments over the last 2 months for my post on installing SharePoint 2013 on Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview.  Fortunately, I’ve found that some things have changed for the RTM version of Win2012R2 (available now on MSDN; public release on October 18).  Microsoft has fixed many of the issues, but unfortunately not all.

First of all, one of my commenters, Paul Whitaker, has suggested that there is a much quicker fix for the installation issues than my original post.  Apparently, SQL Server 2012 puts a stray quote at the end of the PSModulePath environment variable in Windows.  This is what errors out when the SharePoint Prerequisites Wizard attempts to install AppFabric.  If you remove the trailing quote from PSModulePath, then the SharePoint Prerequisites Wizard should run fine (as will the rest of the standard installation process).  I myself haven’t tried this yet, but it seems like a good idea for you to try that first before going through my whole manual process.

If fixing PSModulePath does not work, then you’ll be pleased to know that many of the permissions issues on R2 Preview have been fixed in R2 RTM.  That means that you will only need to follow parts I and IIA of my original post for your installation to be successful.  Parts IIB and IIC are no longer necessary, as the initial run of the SharePoint Configuration Wizard will complete successfully.

Thanks to Paul, and good luck everyone else.




7 Responses to Installing SharePoint 2013 on Windows Server 2012 R2 *RTM*

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  2. Jason Ramsey says:

    I just did a fresh install of Server 2012 R2 (RTM) followed by a basic install of SQL 2012 SP1. While I have seen the superfluous quote issue you describe in previous installations, it would appear that the SQL installer has been updated to resolve this issue. That said, the SP2013 prerequisites installer still blows up attempting to configure the IIS/App Server role (step 3), so not much has actually improved. Thanks for the writeup, though… That extra quote thing drove me crazy on an unrelated problem I was having before…

  3. Jason Ramsey says:

    Actually… scratch that… one of the SP2013 prereqs is causing the superfluous quote thing, but I couldn’t tell you which one it is without uninstalling and reinstalling incrementally…which I’m pretty unlikely to do at this point… 😉

  4. Thank you so much! I’ve been struggling with Windows Server 2012 R2 for two days. Very useful articles, keep it up!

  5. Eric Berne says:

    The SharePoint Installer prerequisites check for the OS and it still give me the error “This tool dont support this OS”.

    • Aviv Roth says:

      Hi Eric. If you re-read my post, you’ll see that you should *not* run the prerequisites installer at any time. My steps are *instead* of the prerequisites installer. Does this clarify things?

  6. Merv Fansler says:

    Aviv, thanks for the article(s). I couldn’t figure out what exactly you and Paul are suggesting is the workaround for the PSModulePath issue. My $env:PSModulePath shows no appended quotation mark. I did add a trailing backslash to match the form Paul had it, but that didn’t make any difference in running the wizard.

    To get the wizard running I had to set the permissions on Cache config file, and the Analytics folder, as per your original file. (Didn’t need the SQL Manager step)

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