In going through 70-410 I removed all of the features from my Windows Server 2012 r2. I need to install Print and Document services along with the management tools and when I go through the Add Roles and Features wizard it cannot find the source. I click on the "Specify and alternate source path" link on the last page and point it to my d:: drive where I have the install dvd mounted. It fails with the message that the source files could not be found. Any ideas?
Installing Roles and Features from DVD 2012 R2
If the server has an internet connection, it should be able to pull the source files from Windows Updates.
To use the DVD, the problem might be that there are multiple images (standard, core, etc) on the DVD media. You will need to specify the index number of the image in the command.
With the DVD inserted, run this command, with <drive> representing your drive letter:
Dism /get-wiminfo /wimfile:<drive>:\sources\install.wim
The output should be similar to this:
Index : 1 Name : Windows Server 2012 R2 SERVERSTANDARDCORE Description : Windows Server 2012 R2 SERVERSTANDARDCORE Size : 6,653,342,051 bytes Index : 2 Name : Windows Server 2012 R2 SERVERSTANDARD Description : Windows Server 2012 R2 SERVERSTANDARD Size : 11,807,528,410 bytes Index : 3 Name : Windows Server 2012 R2 SERVERDATACENTERCORE Description : Windows Server 2012 R2 SERVERDATACENTERCORE Size : 6,653,031,430 bytes Index : 4 Name : Windows Server 2012 R2 SERVERDATACENTER Description : Windows Server 2012 R2 SERVERDATACENTER Size : 11,809,495,151 bytes
Then, using PowerShell, run this command:
Install-WindowsFeature Server-Gui-Mgmt-Infra,Server-Gui-Shell –Source wim:<drive>:\sources\install.wim:<index>
Replace <drive> with your DVD drive letter, and <index> with the appropriate index number based on the previous command. Also change the feature you want to install. "Print-Services" sounds like what you want. Try:
to verify the name of the feature you want to install. So if the drive letter of the DVD is F:, and the index number is 2, the command would be:
Install-WindowsFeature Print-Services –Source wim:f:\sources\install.wim:2
Let me know if this helps.
I believe you can copy the contents of sources\sxs directory from the DVD to
the C:\Windows\WinSxS directory. But honestly, I've never tried, lol. I'd copy the files and try to install a simple feature like Windows Backup, and see if Windows asks for the disk.
Did you remove the source files to reduce the image size or just as a proof of concept?
You can also create a network share and host the SxS files there. Then from any server, you can point to the share when installing a role/feature. This way you can install a role/feature without the DVD and still have a smaller install footprint. The downside of this method is the source files don't get updated/patched.
I removed the source files while watching the 70-410 video. I only have one 2012 server at the moment. Should I go after the 2012 MCSA or just move on to the 2016? The 2016 appears to be much more involved. I really enjoy the videos and love the actual demo's!
I would make sure your hardware supports 2016 before moving to it. 2012 R2 works great with second generation hardware. On HP Gen7 and Gen8, 2012 R2, Gen9 and Gen10, 2016. You also need to check all your hardware and software. A lot does not work well on 2016.
That's a tough one. 2012 is getting long in the tooth, but if you are supporting on-prem or hybrid solutions, you will still see a lot of it.
IMHO, it's worth getting your 2012 certs for a couple of reasons. One, t's still widely used. Two, most of what you learn while studying will apply to 2016 as well. While there are considerable changes between 2012 and 2016, AD is still AD, DNS is still DNS, etc. Plus having extra acronyms on your resume is always good!