Friday, March 08, 2013

MDS Configuration Manager

So you found yourself looking at a delightful love note…make that an error message telling you:
Could not load file or assembly ‘Microsoft.Web.Administration, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35′ or one of its dependencies. The system cannot find the file specified.

This error message appears after you install Microsoft Master Data Services (MDS) and you open Master Data Services Configuration Manager.  Unfortunately, this error prevents you from viewing the Web Configuration tab.  Fortunately, the error message is a clear indicator as to the problem.  MDS requires the use of IIS, Internet Information Services, for the web interface in the data management.  For some odd reason, or my lack of desire to know why, the Web Management Tools was not included during the installation.  The World Wide Web Services should already be installed, but notice that the IIS Manager is not present under the Administrative Tools indicating the missing Web Management Tools.

In a nutshell, you need one check box.  So here’s the treasure map, find the x!
  1. Open up Program and Features.
  2. Open up Turn Windows features on or Off
  3. Check the following box to include Web Management Tools.

Mission accomplished.  Now move along with the deployment.

1 comment:

Troy said...

Thanks Robert. Just a note that this is slightly different in newer versions of Windows (such as Windows Server 2012 R2). I needed to enable the Web Server (IIS) role.

Web Application Requirements (Master Data Services)