Installing prerequistes for WebsitePanel 2.1 beta on Server 2012

In this series of posts I’m going to install and configure WebsitePanel for use with Exchange 2013, which it now supports in their Beta version.

What is WebSitepanel?
WebsitePanel is a complete portal for Cloud Computing Companies and IT Providers to automate the provisioning of a full suite of services on Windows servers. The powerful, flexible open source WebsitePanel platform gives users simple point-and-click control over Windows Server applications including IIS, SQL Server, Exchange 2010, Sharepoint 2010, OCS, Lync and Hyper-V Deployments.
WebsitePanel is a distributed web-based application. It consists of three components:
* WSP Portal
* WSP Enterprise Server
* WSP Server
All three components are web applications that must be hosted using either IIS version 6 or IIS version 7. (or IIS 8 if using Beta 2.1)


In order to install WebsitePanel you need to have installed prerequisites and the needed IIS Role and Features. We will do these steps in this post.

Install WebsitePanel 2.1 beta Server 2012 Role and Feature Prerequisite
We install all Server 2012 prerequisites in one step using powershell:
Add-WindowsFeature NET-Framework-core, Web-Server, Web-Static-Content, Web-Default-Doc, Web-Http-Errors, Web-Http-Redirect, Web-Asp-Net, Web-Asp-Net45, Web-Net-Ext, Web-Net-Ext45, Web-ISAPI-Ext, Web-ISAPI-Filter, Web-Http-Logging, Web-Log-Libraries, Web-Http-Tracing, Web-Windows-Auth, Web-Client-Auth, Web-Filtering, Web-Stat-Compression, Web-Mgmt-Console, Web-Scripting-Tools
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We can now check installed state of our Role(s) and Features:
Get-WindowsFeature | where installed
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Install SQL 2012 SP1 Express on Windows Server 2012 for use with WebsitePanel 2.1 beta

  1. First we need to download Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Express from
  2. Click Download and select the Express version with tools for x64 systems:
    Express with Tools (SQLEXPRWT)
    This package contains everything needed to install and configure SQL Server as a database server including the full version of SQL Server 2012 Management Studio with SP1.
  3. Run the executable file and select “New SQL Server stand-alone installation or add features to an existing installation“.
  4. Accept license terms and “Include SQL Server product updates“.
  5. Deselect the SDK parts, if you want to save Space.
  6. Keep it at default and click next.
  7. Review and click next
  8. Select Mixed Mode and define a password.
  9. Success
  10. Install updates using Windows Update as needed, and head on over to my post Installing WebSitepanel 2.1 Beta on Server 2012.
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