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Server 2012 R2 and SharePoint 2013: The tool was unable to install Application Server Role, Web Server (IIS) Role.

Seriously...WTF. I spent two days trying to figure out this issue and finally I went digging into %WINDIR% to find my answer.

I was trying to run the Prerequisite Installer for SharePoint 2013 on Server 2012 R2 but I kept getting the error in the title line

The tool was unable to install Application Server Role, Web Server (IIS) Role.

After beating my head against the wall for about 2 days straight, I finally read the log file and the answer was staring at me the entire time.

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Finding the Hyper-V VM Configuration File.

Today I found that in my haste to set up my Hyper-V virtual machines, I didn't properly account for the XML files it creates to use as configuration files for the VMs. I had haphazardly chosen random places accidentally, not realizing the full extent of what I was doing. Chalk it up to inexperience. I went searching for ways to find my haphazardly placed VM config files. I wasn't getting to far so I figured I'd open up PowerShell and see what I could do with the Get-VM CmdLet provided in the Hyper-V module.

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