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Install .Net 3.5

FineBuild can install and configure .Net 3.5 as part of the SQL Server install process.

SQL Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008 R2 require that .Net 2.0 SP2 and .Net 3.5 SP1 is installed prior to starting the main SQL Server install. These components can also be installed for SQL Server 2005.

It is recommended that you also Install .Net 4.0 at this time, to avoid potential issues if you decide you need it at a later date.

For some editions of SQL Server or versions of Windows the install media for .Net 3.5 must be downloaded, for others the install media is included. The table below shows when you must do a download.

Operating system SQL Server Version Express Edition Other Editions
Windows 2012 or Windows 8 any Download Download
Windows 2008 R2 or Windows 7 any Included Included
Windows 2008 or below SQL2012 Download Download
  SQL2008 R2 Download Included
  SQL 2008 Download Included
  SQL 2005 Download Download


If you need to do a download, then choose the correct process for your operating system.:

Windows 2012 or Windows 8
Windows 2008 R2 or Windows 7
Windows 2008 or below

Download for Windows 2012 or Windows 8

This covers Windows 8 and Windows 2012

1) Obtain a copy of the Windows 2012 install media. This can be the free Evaluation Edition ISO media.

If you are planning to install SQL Server on 32-bit Windows 8, then you will need both the 64-bit and 32-bit Windows install media

2) Create a sub-folder of Additional Components\Redist called SXS

3) Mount the DVD containing the Windows 2012 or Windows 8 install media

4) Copy the contents of the \Sources\SXS folder from the DVD to the Additional Components\Redist\SXS folder

Copy the SXS folder for 32-bit Windows 8 first, followed by the SXS folder for 64-bit Windows 8 or Windoes 2012. Allow the 64-bit media to overwrite any 32-bit files. If you do not need to install on 32-bit Windows 8 then there is no need to copy the 32-bit SXS file.

Over 1,000 files in the SXS folder are referenced for the .Net 3.5 install, and it is easier to copy all files than to select just the ones needed.

Download for Windows 2008 R2 or Windows 7

If you are installing on Windows 2008 R2 or Windows 7, FineBuild will always install .Net 3.5 using the media included with Windows. No download is needed.

Download for Windows 2008 or below

This covers Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows Vista and Windows 2008

1) Obtain a copy of any SQL Server 2008 or SQL Server 2008 R2 server edition media. This can be the free Evaluation Edition media.

2) Copy the following folder containing the .Net 3.5 media

Version Source Destination
SQL 2008 \x86\redist\DotNetFrameworks Additional Components\Redist
SQL 2008 R2 \redist\DotNetFrameworks Additional Components\Redist

FineBuild .Net 3.5 Install

Automated installation of .Net 3.5 is performed by Process Id 2AF. FineBuild will always install .Net 3.5 if the install media is available.


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Manual .Net 3.5 Install

The following steps show what you would have to do to install .Net 3.5 manually. FineBuild does all of this work for you automatically.
Manual Install for Windows 2012 or Windows 8
Manual Install for Windows 2008 R2 or Windows 7
Manual Install for Windows 2008 and Below

Manual Install for Windows 2012 or Windows 8

This covers Windows 8 and Windows 2012

1) Run the following command, using the relevant file name in place of Additional Components

Dism.exe /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFX3 /All /Source:Additional Components\redist\sxs /LimitAccess

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Manual Install for Windows 2008 R2 or Windows 7

1) If you are running on Windows 2008 R2 Server Core, then run the following commands:

OCSetup "NetFx2-ServerCore"
OCSetup "NetFx3-ServerCore"
OCSetup "ServerCore-WOW64"
OCSetup "NetFx2-ServerCore-WOW64"
OCSetup "NetFx3-ServerCore-WOW64"


2) If you are running on Windows 2008 R2 desktop or on Windows 7, then run the following command:

OCSetup "NetFx3"

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Manual Install for Windows 2008 and Below

This covers Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows Vista and Windows 2008

1) Navigate to the install media and double-click on the following file:

Express Edition Additional Components\Redist\DotNetFrameworks\dotNetFx35setup.exe
SQL 2008 Server editions SQLMedia\x86\redist\DotNetFrameworks\dotNetFx35setup.exe
SQL 2008 R2 Server editions SQLMedia\x86\redist\DotNetFrameworks\dotNetFx35setup.exe
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2) If the .Net framework needs to be installed or upgraded the following window is displayed. Click OK to continue.

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3) The following message may be displayed:

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4) Accept the End User License Agreement, and then click Install to continue.

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5) The Download and Install Progress window is displayed. All components are included in the install media, so nothing is downloaded.

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6) The Setup Complete window is displayed when the .Net upgrade is complete. Click Exit to continue.

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Last edited Jun 27, 2013 at 7:46 PM by EdVassie, version 18

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