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How to Fix NetFx3 Error While Installing SQL Server

In this article, I will explain how to fix NetFx3 error while installing SQL Server. While Installing SQL Server 2014 on Windows Server 2012 R2 I have received the below error, which indicates .Net 3.5 is not installed on this machine.

We were installing SQL Server 2014 on a Windows Server 12 virtual machine, and the installation was already in progress when we received the following error:

Due to development challenges, people still use SQL 2014 in production. In these cases, one of my clients told me that their application vendor hasn’t approved SQL 2014 and above, so they were forced to install SQL 2014. There were getting the below error while installing SQL Server 2014. Let’s learn how to fix errors while enabling the Windows feature.

In windows server 2012 R2 .Net framework 3.5 do not install by default.

NetFx3 error

Fix NetFx3 Error

Let’s have a look at how to install .Net 3.5 on Windows Server 2012.
As per the error message in the pic above, we need to enable NetFx3. It means .Net Framework in the Server Manager. You can enable it by following the below steps.
Launch Server Manager and then click on Add roles and features.

Server Manager

It will new window, click Next.

Add roles and features

Choose Role-based or feature based installation and then choose next.

Role based or features based

Click next

Select Server from the pool

Select Server from the pool.

Server roles

Choose .Net Framework 3.5 Feature and click next.

Server features .net framework

If your server doesn’t have all the files which were supposed to add this .netframework, then on the next screen you might see the warning. This is the reason why SQL Setup was unable to install the feature. So, you need to alternative the alternative source path. This needs to be from the Server 2012 installation media.

Click on Specify an alternate source path.

Fix NetFx3 error

Find windows media directory and go to Source\sxs path Mine is installed in D:\ (Maybe you have a different drive) so for me it’s D:\Source\sxs
Provide directory path and then click OK.

Specify alternate source path

Select Install

Fix NetFx3 error

It will take a while and then your installation is done.

Feature installation in progress

You can use enable .netfex3 error by using below command
dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFx3 /source:D:\sources\sxs

.netfex3 error fix command

Written by Jamil Parvez

Jamil Pervez works as a Network Administrator, based in Kuwait with a Primary focus on Microsoft technologies. Microsoft Certified MCSE, MCTP, MCITP, CCNP, CCIP, CCVP with 20 years of experience in administering Windows Servers, Exchange, VMWare, Veeam B&R, Veritas BackupExec.

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