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What is PrerequisiteInstaller.Arguments.txt

Posted by Jean Paul on February 21, 2014

While installing SharePoint for a Farm, we need to install the same pre-requisites in all servers.

Using the PrerequisiteInstaller.Arguments.txt file we can specify the installer files in a file share location.

This will save the download time of pre-requisites, especially in a multi-tier topology containing 5 servers.


What are the Pre-requisites for SharePoint 2013?

The pre-requisites are many:

  1. .Net Framework 4.5
  2. PowerShell
  3. Identity Extensions
  4. Chart Controls

How to create the file?

We need to create a file named PrerequisiteInstaller.Arguments.txt in the same folder where prerequisiteinstaller.exe is residing.


Inside the text file specify the arguments in following format.

  • /switch : <path>


  1. /NETFX: “\serversetups.netfx45.exe”
  2. /SQLNCI: “serversetupssqlnci.exe”

We can also specify arguments against the setup files.  For more information, please see the References section.


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