Error 1603 Deploying Skype for Business Front-end Server

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I was deploying a new Skype for Business Front-End Server, after installing all the pre-req software as per the Server requirements for Skype for Business Server 2015 where they also have a powershell command in order to install the OS features required to support the Skype for Business Front-end Server:

Add-WindowsFeature RSAT-ADDS, Web-Server, Web-Static-Content, Web-Default-Doc, Web-Http-Errors, Web-Asp-Net, Web-Net-Ext, Web-ISAPI-Ext, Web-ISAPI-Filter, Web-Http-Logging, Web-Log-Libraries, Web-Request-Monitor, Web-Http-Tracing, Web-Basic-Auth, Web-Windows-Auth, Web-Client-Auth, Web-Filtering, Web-Stat-Compression, NET-WCF-HTTP-Activation45, Web-Asp-Net45, Web-Scripting-Tools, Web-Mgmt-Compat, Desktop-Experience, Telnet-Client

Once I added the Front-end server in the Skype for Business Topology and published it, I began starting the installation and received an Error 1603:

Error1603 Pre-reqs

▼ Install prerequisites 11/3/2015 4:40:16 PM Failed
└ Name of prerequisite: MicrosoftIdentityExtensions 11/3/2015 4:40:16 PM 
 └ Type of prerequisite: msi 11/3/2015 4:40:16 PM 
 └ Method used to check prerequisite state: MicrosoftIdentityExtensionsRequired() 11/3/2015 4:40:16 PM 
 └ Result of state check: True 11/3/2015 4:40:16 PM 
 └ Installation result: 1603 11/3/2015 4:40:27 PM 
 └ Error: Prerequisite installation failed: MicrosoftIdentityExtensions 
▼ Details 
└ Type: PrereqInstallFailed 
└ ▼ Stack Trace 
 └ at Microsoft.Rtc.Internal.Tools.Bootstrapper.BootstrapperTask.HandleInstallPrereqFailure(String prereq) 
at Microsoft.Rtc.Internal.Tools.Bootstrapper.BootstrapperTask.AddMsiPrereq(String prereqName) 
at Microsoft.Rtc.Management.Internal.Utilities.LogWriter.InvokeAndLog[T](Action`1 action, T arg) 
 
 
 11/3/2015 4:40:27 PM Error

The error is showing that the prerequisite check failed for finding Windows Media Foundations, I then ran the following powershell command which included Windows Media Foundations:

Add-WindowsFeature NET-Framework-Core, RSAT-ADDS, Windows-Identity-Foundation, Web-Static-Content, Web-Default-Doc, Web-Http-Errors, Web-Asp-Net, Web-Net-Ext, Web-ISAPI-Ext, Web-ISAPI-Filter, Web-Http-Logging, Web-Log-Libraries, Web-Request-Monitor, Web-Http-Tracing, Web-Basic-Auth, Web-Windows-Auth, Web-Client-Auth, Web-Filtering, Web-Stat-Compression, Web-Dyn-Compression, NET-WCF-HTTP-Activation45, Web-Asp-Net45, Web-Mgmt-Tools, Web-Scripting-Tools, Server-Media-Foundation

Restarted my Skype for Business installation and was able to complete the installation and bring up my Skype for Business Server.

 

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2 comments on “Error 1603 Deploying Skype for Business Front-end Server

  1. Had the same issue some days ago. I bet you copied the prerequisites from Technet. 😉
    They just forgot to put it there.

    But for your Information : Windows Media Foundation has been there some time before, since I had copied them to a textfile some months ago. Looks like someone edited the article and mistakenly deleted this particular entry.

    1. Thanks Mike for the reply, yep i’m aware that Windows Media Foundation has been there, just wanted to put it out incase anyone copied and pasted from the Technet site.

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