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November 17, 2017 at 6:04 pm

Get-WindowsFeature and Install-WindowsFeature won't run on a server 2012 core. Keep getting an error "Configuration failed to initialize".

November 17, 2017 at 6:08 pm

Update-Help throws the same error also:
S C:\> update-help -Force
pdate-help : Failed to update Help for the module(s) 'Microsoft.PowerShell.Management, Microsoft.PowerShell.Security
icrosoft.PowerShell.Utility, Microsoft.WSMan.Management, ServerManager, AppLocker, BestPractices, CimCmdlets, Dism,
nternational, IscsiTarget, Kds, Microsoft.PowerShell.Diagnostics, Microsoft.PowerShell.Host, PKI,
SDesiredStateConfiguration, PSScheduledJob, PSWorkflow, PSWorkflowUtility, RemoteDesktop, ServerCore, TLS,
indowsErrorReporting, Microsoft.PowerShell.Core' with UI culture(s) {en-US} : Configuration system failed to
nitialize
t line:1 char:1
update-help -Force
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
+ CategoryInfo : InvalidOperation: (:) [Update-Help], Exception
+ FullyQualifiedErrorId : UnknownErrorId,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.UpdateHelpCommand

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November 18, 2017 at 1:49 am

Sure it will. PoSH is what MS wants you to use for SC.
Those error means either it is not installed / enabled...

at the cmd.exe prompt — Use the Deployment Image Servicing and Management (DISM.exe) tool to enable PowerShell:

dism.exe /online /enable-feature /featurename:MicrosoftWindowsPowerShellRoot

...or

dism.exe /online /enable-feature /featurename:MicrosoftWindowsPowerShell /all

...or you are sitting at the cmd.exe prompt typing PoSH cmdlets. Of course cmd.exe has not idea what PoSH cmdlets are. SC defaults to cmd.exe, not PoSH. You have to type PowerShell in cmd.exe prompt to bring up PoSH before trying to use its tools.
'youtube.com/watch?v=djUWPvQAQZU'
'youtube.com/watch?v=zOBSDVPYVH0'

You can change the default from cmd.exe to powershell.exe, if you wish. See the information below:

'blogs.technet.microsoft.com/uktechnet/2016/02/10/powershell-and-server-core'
'brandonlawson.com/powershell/default-to-powershell-in-windows-2012-core'
'technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj574205(v=ws.11).aspx'
'docs.microsoft.com/en-us/powershell/module/microsoft.powershell.core/enable-psremoting?view=powershell-5.1'

November 29, 2017 at 3:17 am

Unfortunately, neither dism command worked. I'm going to recommend a rebuild.