Can’t Install DPM 2016 Agent Because mi.dll is missing From Your Computer #SCDPM #SysCtr

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You are trying to install System Center Data Protection Manager 2016 Agent on Windows 7 and on Windows Server 2008 R2 and this error knocked your head:

[The program can’t start because mi.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem].


It’s obvious the error is NOT clear. And you are sure that your system is fully patched.

If we look at the protected workloads requirement for DPM 2016 documentation, we see that .NET framework version 4 or later is required, including Windows Management Framework (WMF) version 4 or later is required as well.


I would like to install the latest and greatest version if possible.

Grab those bits from the following links and you are good to go:


Microsoft just announced the release of Windows Management Framework (WMF) version 5.1.

The Zip contains 2 files: an MSU and the Install-WMF5.1.PS1 script file.

  1. After extracting the ZIP file contents, open Windows PowerShell as administrator, then navigate to the folder containing the contents of the ZIP file.
  2. Run the Install-Wmf5.1.ps1 script in that folder, and follow the instructions. This script will check the prerequisites on the local machine, and install WMF 5.1 if the prerequisites have been met.


When done, please restart your computer and DPM agent will be installed without any problem.


Hope that helps!


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Charbel Nemnom is a Cloud Architect, Swiss Certified ICT Security Expert, Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP), and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT), totally fan of the latest's IT platform solutions, accomplished hands-on technical professional with over 17 years of broad IT Infrastructure experience serving on and guiding technical teams to optimize the performance of mission-critical enterprise systems. Excellent communicator is adept at identifying business needs and bridging the gap between functional groups and technology to foster targeted and innovative IT project development. Well respected by peers through demonstrating passion for technology and performance improvement. Extensive practical knowledge of complex systems builds, network design, business continuity, and cloud security.

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