Today I tried to do a fresh install of CRM 2016 on Windows Server 2016. We are considering upgrading the CRM hardware at work and I wanted to try out a clean install on the new server version. Our existing server is a 2012R2 server and that install was the result of multiple upgrades.
I have been through the CRM install several times (between version 2011 and 2016). For the most part, it has always gone cleanly as long as your run it as a domain administrator. However this time, I ran into an error with Windows Search.
As it turns out Windows Search is disabled by default on Windows Server 2016. There error text says from the Dynamics CRM installer says: Action Microsoft.Crm.Setup.Common.UninstallWindowsSearchAction failed. The service cannot be started, either because it is disabled or because it has no enabled devices.
I first made sure that Windows Search was installed with the server installation. It was there, but the service was disabled.
I enabled the service and started it. After clicking Retry, the installation finished successfully.
Note: If you click abort, you will have a failed installation, but you can rerun the setup and do a repair. In a repair, most of the installation options are chosen for you and you just have to confirm the passwords for the service users.
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