One of the most common and known issue we all face and me too, while installing a new instance of TFS 2015 on Server 2012 R2. It simply throws error, more aptly a Windows Server 2012 R2 error - required KB2919355. You may have tried Windows Update automatic update with no result.
Well, I had the same dilemma while trying to install Team Foundation Server 2015 on Windows Server 2012 R2 Operating System before I found one Windows security Patch for Windows 8.1 (Windows8.1-KB2919355-x64) over internet along with few others on KB2919355.
Unfortunately while trying to install it , ended up watching “ This update is not compatible with Operating system “ GOSS….. Am I out of my mind, want to install a Security patch meant for Windows version 8.1 on Windows Server 2012 R2, simply because Microsoft said so. Nay …!! .
Microsoft must have a good reason for publishing it as this patch seems to have common impact on both operating systems module, yes it’s the IE, which required a fix on both operating systems for Installation of Visual Studio and TFS 2015 and may be similar products in the line.
Hence, while drilling down I came up with another Patch Windows8.1-KB2919442-x64, which allows our remediation Patch Windows8.1-KB2919355-x64 to get installed on Windows Server 2012 R2 and eventually TFS 2015 installation worked.
Lots of words. Right? Worth reading for fair understanding of the issue and its remediation. But the effort is quick and fruitful. The only trick is the Windows patch installation sequence stated below:
- Run widows Update all including optional ones
- Run clearcompressionflag.exe (Downloaded along with fix Patches stack) it will run at background , so wait for a min before install the fix patches
- Download and install the patches manually in this sequence
Windows patch Download URL for Windows8.1-KB2919355-x64 , other patches in the ablve stack and clearcompressionflag.exe à https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42335
Windows patch Download URL for Windows8.1-KB2919442-x64 à https://www.microsoft.com/en-ph/download/details.aspx?id=42135