I am having a problem with the server manager in my Windows Server 2012 R2 Machine .

Everytime I try to add a Role I get this error message

The request to list features available on the specified server failed


Why ?

  • Can you try to list the available features with this command and see if it works : Get-WindowsFeature
    – Swisstone
    Nov 14, 2018 at 18:42
  • When I do Get-WindowsFeature – I get this message error link
    – kadri.r
    Nov 18, 2018 at 10:50

1 Answer 1


Try to get a list using a PowerShell. Most probably, the server stuck on the pending reboot request. The first option will be rebooting, installing Windows updates and then rebooting once again. The second option is to delete pending.xml in C:\Windows\WinSxS and reboot the host.

  • it s not stuck on an update , I rebooted it a thousand times
    – kadri.r
    Nov 26, 2018 at 9:03

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