While setting up your server and planning to do some deployment on the server there could be some features that are part of the requirement for the deployment. In this guide, I will show you how to fix “the request to add or remove features on the specified server failed”. Please see Check .NET Framework version on Windows, and Steps to enable DotNet Framework in Windows 11. Also, see DotNet Framework in Windows 11, and how to integrate TestRail with Jira.
For example, you could need to install .NET Framework 3.5 as part of what is needed to make a particular deployment successful. But while installing these features you can encounter an error like ”The request to add or remove features on the specified server failed”.
The steps below show how to go about fixing this error so you can successfully complete the installation of the .Net Framework 3.5. Here is a YouTube video on how to resolve this issue. “The request to add or remove features on the specified server failed”.
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Fix the request to add or remove features failed
The image below shows the process of installing the .Net Framework 3.5 Features after going through the Add Roles Features from the Server Manager.
In the image below while installing the .Net Framework 3.5 Features. It gets halted and displays this error “The request to add or remove features on the specified server failed. Installation of one or more roles, role services, or features failed. The source files could not be found”.
What you need to do is to locate the source of the file. This is exactly what we will be doing next.
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Resolution to the installation of one or more roles, role services, or features failed
1: Go ahead and close this Installation progress page and restart the installation.
2. When you get to the Confirm installation selections page. Click on Specify an alternate source path and locate where the files are located.
3. The .Net Framework 3.5 files can be located in this location \sources\sxs
This is the location displayed in the image below
Specify the alternate source path
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4. Now copy the directory where the file is located into the Specify Alternate Source Path and click Ok.
5. After doing all this the installation will continue and will complete successfully
You can use PowerShell to add or remove features on a Windows server. PowerShell provides the
Uninstall-WindowsFeature cmdlets for this purpose.
– Here is how to add a feature: Install-WindowsFeature -Name
– Here is how to uninstall a feature: Uninstall-WindowsFeature -Name
The error can also occur during the installation of updates or patches if there are issues with the update process. Similar troubleshooting steps, such as checking permissions and verifying installation sources, can be applied.
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