Azure Stack TP2: SQL Resource Provider Install Error – System.Management.Automation.ValidationMetadataException: The argument is null or empty.

When installing the SQL Resource Provider on Azure Stack TP2, I encountered the following error:

VERBOSE: Download of SQLServer Failed. (Elapsed: 00:00:00.0386220)
WARNING: Can not execute [C:\Users\AzureStackAdmin\Desktop\Resource
Providers\SQL\Prerequisites\BlobStorage\Download-File.ps1] command at 1 time(s). Will retry. The error:
System.Management.Automation.ValidationMetadataException: The argument is null or empty. Provide an argument that is
not null or empty, and then try the command again.
at System.Management.Automation.ValidateNotNullOrEmptyAttribute.Validate(Object arguments, EngineIntrinsics
engineIntrinsics)
at System.Management.Automation.ParameterBinderBase.BindParameter(CommandParameterInternal parameter,
CompiledCommandParameter parameterMetadata, ParameterBindingFlags flags)

When starting the deployment process I specified a local path to the SQL Server ISO file, as opposed to having the setup download it for me.  The issue comes from the way that the install script reads the path value specified…

As you can see, the DependancyFilesLocalPath is passed directly to a Get-ChildItem command which is in turn passed to the Download-File command.  The issue was that I had placed the ISO in the same folder as the rest of the SQL RP scripts, and that folder included subfolders.  I resolved the error by moving the ISO to it’s own subfolder and updating the DependancyFilesLocalPath parameter accordingly.

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