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Installing WSUS fails on Windows 2012 R2 server

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Hello,
I am trying to migrate WSUS from a Windows 2008 R2 server with SQL 2005 to a Windows 2012 R2 server with SQL 2012.  Great.  I go online and follow TechNet's instruction for preparing the Win 2012 R2 server with WSUS but all I get is failure in the post installation tasks.

I have tried this multiple times after making sure it is totally uninstalled, removed IIS, made sure it was gone from the registry and made sure the folders were all gone.

It appears that the main problem right now is that when this installs it is not installing a Tools folder in the C:\Program Files\Update Services folder to contain the wsusutil.exe program.

I have searched the server and I can't find this utility anywhere.

I tried to copy it from another server but it must not have been a good thing to do because I got all sorts of errors when I tried to run it.

Help?
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Is there anything specific in the WSUSSetup.log?  Good place to start.
Even though we have a 2012 DC it was recommended we use an old 2008 DC for WSUS as it seems to have issues, sorry.
It's been a year since then, so hopefully the bugs have been worked out.
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I did try to locate the wsussetup.log but it is not found on the server.
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Anything with WSUS*.log?
.NET might be the issue.  Can you download the standalone and re-install just in case?
Here is a WSUS Setup Issues page if you have not been there:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd939890%28WS.10%29.aspx

and here is an update that may be appropriate:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsserver/archive/2014/04/16/windows-server-2012-r2-update-availability-of-wsus-fix-and-revised-servicing-timing.aspx
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by:blkfoot
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Thanks, pjam.

There was never any WSUS log on that server that I could find which was weird.

So I uninstalled .Net (btw, anyone reading this DO NOT uninstall .Net 4.5 but if you do Google it and you can recover your desktop again :) ) and this fixed the problem.  Something must have been hosed up in that because when I ran the WSUS install again it succeeded as it should have and I am finishing the migration now.

Thanks for your help!
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Good for you
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