Installing ColdFusion 2016 on Windows Server 2016

As you may know from attempting it, running the ColdFusion 2016 installer as downloaded from the Adobe site throws an error as below on a Windows Server 2016 machine.

Looking into it and as per https://forums.adobe.com/thread/2225089, ColdFusion 2016 doesn’t support Windows Server 2016 at the time of writing (see https://helpx.adobe.com/pdf/coldfusion2016-support-matrix.pdf) but ColdFusion Express 2016 seems to work (requires no installation, see https://helpx.adobe.com/coldfusion/installing/installing-coldfusion-express.html) so it appears to be an installer-only issue.

Workaround for it is relatively simple:

  • Install Java on the machine – I went with Java 8 update 31
  • Run the exe as downloaded from the Adobe site from a command prompt window ran as administrator
C:\...\Downloads>ColdFusion_2016_WWEJ_win64.exe LAX_VM C:\Java8\jre1.8.0_31\bin\java.exe

And everything installed as normal. I have yet only been as far as confirming the service run and accessing the ColdFusion web Admin console so there might be some some surprises but the installation at last worked.

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