Azure VM Agent breaks your server

If you new up a VM in Azure, the integration components and VM Agent  are already installed, and they work fine. If, however, you prepare a machine in Hyper-V and upload the VHD, you need to install the Integration Components for Windows 2012 or R2 (if your Guest is an earlier version of Windows, such as 2008 R2) . You may also want to add the VM agent to get the BGInfo and some other bits that normally come as standard on a “Made in Azure” VM.

The installer they point you to is:


Sadly, it has a problem. After you install it, many Roles and Features simply can’t be installed or uninstalled. In fact, attempts to install e.g. IIS result in a cycle of 3 or 4 failures and reboots. The box feels properly broken.

The fix is this registry file:

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00






Its a similar problem to this:

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