When you add a node to an existing SQL Server 2016 failover cluster, you can’t install the PolyBase feature. Additionally, you receive an error message that resembles the following:

The folder <installation path> does not exist. The folder is expected to exist to set permission on it.


The issue was first fixed in the following cumulative update of SQL Server:

Each new cumulative update for SQL Server contains all the hotfixes and all the security fixes that were included with the previous cumulative update. We recommend that you download and install the latest cumulative updates for SQL Server:


To work around this issue, perform a slipstream install with SQL Server 2016 Cumulative Update 1.

For example, assume that you save the setup files for SQL Server 2016 RTM and Cumulative Update 1 in the following directories:

  • C:\Setup\SQL2016RTM

  • C:\Setup\SQL2016CU1

To perform a slipstream install, you can run a command from the RTM folder that resembles the following:C:\Setup\SQL2016RTM>.\setup.exe /ACTION=ADDNODE /UpdateEnabled=True /UpdateSource="C:\Setup\SQL2016CU1" For more information, see How to slipstream SQL Server 2008 R2 and a SQL Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1).


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.


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