How To Enable .Net 3.5 Framework Within Windows Server 8 Beta

I’ve been working with Windows Server 8 Beta quite a bit recently.  One of my major frustrations with it is that I couldn’t enable the .Net 3.5 Framework.  When I would try to enable it within the Server Manager, it would error out that it couldn’t download it.  Without this, I couldn’t install several Microsoft programs (SQL Server 2008/2012, Visual Studio 2010, etc, etc).  After quite of bit of searching, I finally figured out a workaround.

Insert the Windows 8 installation DVD (I’ll assume it’s your D: drive).  Open a command window (runas Administrator), and enter in the following:

Dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFX3 /All /Source:D:\sources\SxS /LimitAccess

And that’s it!

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