WSUS Reports - how to install report viewer 2008 on Win Server 2012?


  • Hello

    After installing WSUS on Windows Server 2012, i did sucessful configuration.

    Nevertheless when i try to run oen of teh report it tells me that i need "Microsoft Report Viewer 2008" after downloading i tried to install.

    But installation fails with dependencies on .Net Framework 2.0 , which i can't install  without  Server Roles and features. but .Net framework 4.5 is already added as server role. 

    looks like some chicken & egg ?

    Thanks for help


    Thursday, May 03, 2012 8:23 PM


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  • Tuesday, May 08, 2012 8:50 AM
  • Hello Vincent

    Thanks that worked fien with me.

    I documented teh WSUS install also for others under


    Friday, May 18, 2012 8:37 AM
  • 1) Install Net.Framework 3.5 (already included  2.0 and 3.0)
    Add-WindowsFeature net-framework-features -IncludeAllSubFeature
    2) install Report Viewer 2008 SP1 from
    Thursday, November 14, 2013 12:43 PM
  • This is precisely the reason Microsoft gets a bad reputation, here we have a Windows Server OS role that has limited functionality because it's missing a certain MS package. Instead of bundling it all together in the pre-requisites you have to go on a wild goose chase to find out what package needs to be installed. So to get Server 2012 R2 running as a WSUS server you need to install Microsoft Report Viewer from 2008, which then tells you it requires .NET framework 2.0 but you're already on 4.5. This is the definition of a wild goose chase ladies and gentlemen. Luckily I get paid to deal with these types of headaches. Fellow Admins just know I share your frustration here and I'm probably just HANGRY as I'm typing this. 
    Wednesday, December 16, 2015 6:36 PM
  • Oh godie... lol totally get it i share the same frustration with you as a new admin. After what I learn in college you will think that Microsoft would have your work ready to install but man!!!! I need so many work around in my environment that is easy to realize why there is so many tech software companies that claim to be the best one time shop stop fro your IT infrastructure that in the end is just not enough....

    Wednesday, December 23, 2015 12:20 AM
  • I feel your pain to a degree, but have to add this little nugget.

    This is server software designed with admins in mind, admins that kjnow they need to do their homework before installing mainly to ensure they aren't going to break stuff but also because what they're installing hasn't been treated to the kind of niceness you get with consumer level software which is meant for folks that just want it to work and isn't mission critical stuff.

    Just think in terms of the Linux world, yeah I know you can use the repositories and its made out to be super easy but things dont pan out that way.

    MS has to make sure people are being careful as the buck stops with them if they package something up for your server in a 'hey this just works in any config' method, which could then break something else you have running, to do this they would have to envisage every single type of server app configuration and all the dependencies, know if one version sits alongside another or overwrites it, etc etc.

    Point I'm making here is on a server level its in your own best interests to know whats going to happen, know whats being installed, know what risks and attack surfaces you expose by installing and know whether what your installing will interfere with any other app/service you have already running. Seems frustrating and I also get to that point but logic wins in the end, complex things are complex, to dumb it down would do us all out of work :)

    Tuesday, February 02, 2016 10:58 PM
  • Hi

    I hope someone is still watching this post.

    I am in the same situation and even after installing Microsoft .Net Framework on a Server 2012 R2, this still says that I need .Net Framework 2.0

    I have tried to follow the advise : <Add-WindowsFeature net-framework-features -IncludeAllSubFeature> when I try to add this in Server Manager - Add Role or Feature, this is not in the list.

    Do you know how do I go about?

    I really need to see the reports on the WSUS as I think it's not deploying updates accordingly through aour AD.

    Thanks in advance.

    Wednesday, May 17, 2017 2:35 PM

    You can't do that via Add Roles and Features, as the advice stipulates, you should run that command in PowerShell, also it's best practice to do this in elevated privilege mode.

    I've tried adding .NET Framework 3.5 Features through Roles and Features for Windows Server 2012 R2 (Datacenter) [running in a VM] and it would not install.

    The only way that I could get it to install was to use the recommended PowerShell commands. (add-windowsfeature net-framework-features -includeallsubfeature) [since I was running the OS as a VM I had to use DISM "Dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:NetFX3 /featurename:NetFx3ServerFeatures /Source:D:\sources\sxs"]

    The really nice thing about PowerShell is that it "autocompletes" commands with the 'Tab' key, for us lazy or forgetful users.

    • Proposed as answer by truenerd Sunday, July 30, 2017 11:58 PM
    • Edited by truenerd Monday, July 31, 2017 12:11 AM
    Sunday, July 30, 2017 9:20 PM