Thursday, March 26, 2015

Installing SharePoint 2013 Prerequisites Offline

I recently had to install SharePoint 2013 on a server that could not download the source files for Windows Server 2012 R2 or any files from the Internet, so I was forced to download them individually.

This is the article that I followed for downloading the SharePoint 2013 Prerequisites: http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/14582.sharepoint-2013-install-prerequisites-offline-or-manually-on-windows-server-2012-a-comprehensive-guide.aspx#Installing_the_Roles_and_Features_for_SharePoint_2013_on_Windows_Server_2012_Offline_with_PowerShell

Of course, you can run the PowerShell command they provide or you can follow this article: https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff686793.aspx

The problem with the PowerShell command is that it has to be formatted correctly or else it will not execute correctly.  The approach using the PrerequisiteInstaller.Arguments.txt file is also a bit of a lengthy process as well. 

Therefore, I found a pretty reliable workaround solution that lets you get through installing the prerequisites with very little additional effort:

  1. Store all of your download Prerequisites in a folder called PrerequisiteInstallerFiles
  2. Copy the PrerequisiteInstaller.exe and msvcr100.dll in a directory above the PrerequisiteInstallerFiles directory
  3. Run the PrerequisiteInstaller executable
  4. The PrerequisiteInstaller will automatically find the downloaded Prerequisites for you and begin installing them.
  5. This process will ensure that all of your Prerequisites install successfully with a UI confirmation.
  6. You can then proceed with the remainder of your SharePoint installation!

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