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Windows Server 2012 Beta: How to configure WSUS Reporting

Windows Server 2012 Beta: How to configure WSUS Reporting

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Installation of Windows Server 2012 Beta WSUS is a easy and straight forward task, which you can do via Server Manager or remotely by adding the required Role.


After I installed WSUS it worked immediately without any issues, but when I tried to open one of the computer reports I got following message.


So I thought no problem. I download report viewer from Microsoft website and I will install it.

But when I tried to install it told me I need .Net Framework 2.0 . But you can’t install .Net framework redistributable bits on Windows Server 2012 Beta , since .Net Framework 4 is already installed. And when you try to install the redistributable files Windows will tell you that you should add it via roles and features.   So what to do ?

Here is the solution. You will need the Windows 2012 Server Beta Installation sources. In my case in Drive D:



Starting  Command prompt as Administrator



Dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFX3 /featurename:NetFx3ServerFeatures /Source:D:\sources\sxs
Note: D: is the drive letter of DVD drive on the computer, adjust it accordingly.



after running successful .Net Installation via DSIM you can run the installation of Report Viewer tools without a problem




Now Reports works fine Smile !




  • Thanks for this! I'm getting ready for rolling out a test lab with 2012 and this is on the list of things for testing!

  • Great...Thanks for your experience, I'm have same problem with WSUS Win2012

  • Great thanks for sharing this ...

  • Thanks !

  • Good///

  • Can we use Report viewer 2012 instead?

  • Thanks, this helps a Lot!

    Microsoft: it's been a whole year!  Get your act together!

  • Many thanks, this saved me a lot of pain and frustration

  • Thanks helped a lot.

  • Great stuff, cheers!

  • I mentioned that Report Viewer 2012 is not working. Thanks for the good advice man! This works great!

  • Thanx for the walk through!

    Is this still valid for the "2012R2 Preview"?

    I keep getting "NetFX3ServerFeatures" unknown.

  • Thanks so much for sharing this!! It was a great help!

  • 1) Install Net.Framework 3.5 (already included  2.0 and 3.0)

    Add-WindowsFeature net-framework-features -IncludeAllSubFeature

    2) install Report Viewer 2008 SP1 from

  • Just sums up what a load **** Microsoft are. Integration nah, let's keep peddling an incompatible report viewer in our 2012 R2 release of WSUS and leave our customers to just through hoops.

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