Pre-req installer may not progress past IIS configration.

I’m pissed. Like, in disbelief pissed. Kinda like my buddy Tracy:

Anyone seen this KB? The Products Preparation Tool in SharePoint Server 2013 may not progress past “Configuring Application Server Role, Web Server (IIS) Role”

The KB lists 2 possible workarounds: 1) Install a hotfix; or , 2) Run a whole bunch of PowerShell that requires the OS .iso readily available. I’ve tried both with little to no success. I especially see issues when it comes to the AppFabric and Distributed Cache.

So you can imagine my disbelief when the true workaround is to Install the IIS role first before running the Pre-Req installer. Do that and the pre-req installer runs just fine (at least on Server 2012). Son of a…

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