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.Net Framework 3.5 - WSUS


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Old 11-25-2008

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.Net Framework 3.5 - WSUS
Hello All,
Is there any news about Framework 3.5 SP1 to be added to the WSUS updates?
GPO's do not seem to be the way forward and make more issues.

Please help! Gazza
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Old 01-15-2009
Ben Humpert

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RE: .Net Framework 3.5 - WSUS
I'm interested in this too!

You can deploy .exe installer (IE, WMP, .NET, ...) using GPO. You only have
to build a msi package. Since this is kinda complex, there is a "wrapper" to
include .exe installer with command line options in a msi package. See

You get WinInstall LE for free from it's developer at

I don't like this, so i install (2.0 + 3.0 + 3.5 + SP for each version) unattended.

The link for other languages is placed on
- change to the language you prefer, scroll down to "Instructions" and click
the link below "Full Package" (might be called different in other languages
than englisch).
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Old 01-16-2009

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RE: .Net Framework 3.5 - WSUS
It's a funny one, trying to sort out the GPO is a nightmare as when you are
installing the app it downloads the components it needs for that individual
PC. You are hoping each PC is the same build as the other.

It's a case of finding each part of the .net framework 3.5 it needs (with
SP) and modifing the GPO.

I'm wondering if this is the reason why it hasn't been released for WSUS yet
(it's looking like it never will).

I'm just manually going to the PC's and installing at the moment.

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Old 04-01-2009
Ben Humpert

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RE: .Net Framework 3.5 - WSUS
Meanwhile Microsoft added it to WSUS


If you want to install it on Windows XP and if you are installing SP3 over
WSUS too you'll get a nice COD (Circle Of Death).
Be sure you use a SP3 Setup CD or Image or install SP3 via GPO!!!

The NETFX package requires Windows Installer 3.1 installed which gets only
installed if you did NOT apply SP3 via WSUS too cause SP3 replaces WDI
(Windows Installer formerly known as MSI, Microsoft Installer).

The installation steps are:
1) Windows Installer 3.1 (only if SP3 is not already installed or will be
applied by WSUS later)
2) some updates not regarding this issue
4) SP3

To make the COD complete Windows Update does not continue installing later
updates if one update fails and in this case NETFX will. Thus WU does not
install SP3 which is required for the installation of NETFX since it contains
Windows Installer 3.1

Microsoft is aware of this but they don't have a clue how to fix it (what
about installing NETFX after SP3??).

How do you get a MSI package of SP3? Very easy! Download the Redistributable
and install it on a clean test PC, be sure you keep the installation cache!!
After installation is done, restart. Back in Windows open the search and look
for all msi files (search hidden/system files too!), then you'll find a tiny
msi file in a subfolder of the SP3 mainfolder.
You directly can use this msi without modification in GPO!

I don't know which files are required so you should copy the whole sp3 main

The best thing is, after installation of SP3 via GPO you don't have to
restart and it does not interfere other applications you install after sp3.
Just be sure SP3 is the FIRST of all installations done by GPO. It works
perfectly here!
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