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Windows Server 2008 R2 Can't add programs using the add programs option

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I'm trying to install a new program on a new installed version of Windows 2008 Server R2.  When I navigate to the Control Panel my only option is to Install a program form the Network.  How do I point it to the network share or unc path?
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by:Tony Massa
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Can you type in the full path to the UNC network location?

You may also want to try running the installer from the command-line.
Log on as an administrator.
Run CMD.exe as Administrator
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C:\Users\Administrator>change user /install
User session is ready to install applications.

C:\Users\Administrator>\\servername\share\setup.exe
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http://www.techotopia.com/index.php/Installing_Applications_for_Windows_Server_2008_Terminal_Services
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by:jtequia
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I undrerstand  can run it by just double clicking the setup.exe, but I have to be able to do it via the add program feature in Windows Control Panel.
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by:Tony Massa
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If you do it via the command line after entering the CHANGE USER /INSTALL command, it will install it the same was as if you ran in via the control panel.
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by:jtequia
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Ok this is what I got when I ran the CHANGE USER /INSTALL command: Install mode does not apply to aremote desktop session host server configured for remote administration.
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by:Tony Massa
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That means you're not using Terminal Services...which is the only reason why you would need to use this method of installing software.

 If this is just a regular server (not a terminal server), you can just install the software like you would on any workstation.  Run setup.exe (or whatever) and you're good.
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by:jtequia
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Correct that's what I've been trying to do, but I can't even install from add and remove programs.  The only option is to install from the Network.
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by:Tony Massa
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What happens if you just run the installer without using Programs and Features?  Just right click the installer and choose "Run as administrator".  Perhaps the application doesn't like R2?
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by:jtequia
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I don't think it has to do with the application, since this too happnes with MS SQL 2005.  I'll be happy if I can get it to install from the network since that option is available via Add Program Feature, but how do you point to the network insallation path from within the Add Program Feature?
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Tony Massa earned 1500 total points
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You don't need to use "Add Programs".  Just try to run the setup.exe directly from the network location or CD/DVD without going to "Add Programs"
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by:Tony Massa
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FYI for SQL 2005 on 2008 R2:

http://www.eggheadcafe.com/software/aspnet/35581040/install-sql-2005-rs-on-server-2008r2.aspx

"SQL Server 2005 Reporting Services requires IIS 6.0 and ASP.NET 2.0""Windows Server 2008R2 DOES have IIS 6.0 compatilbity. If you install the IIS 6.0 scripting compatibility, then, and only then, can you install SQL Server 2005 with Reporting Services."
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by:jtequia
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Yes I know I can install this application by double clicking the setup.exe file, but I'll need to know how to run it from within the Add Program Feature
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by:Tony Massa
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You cannot do that unless you have SCOM/SMS that may be advertising programs.

If you install Terminal Services, you would get a new "Install Application on Terminal Server" option in the control panel.  The "Install a program from the Network" link in "Programs and Features" are for System Center Configuration Manager, aka SCCM (formerly SMS)
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