Installation of the pre-reqs went just fine or so I thought; I had to run them and the systems rebooted 3 times. One didn't request a boot; apparently, though it had run through the pre-requisites it actually did not (I found this out when I went to install SharePoint and said they were missing).
Another odd thing - after the pre-requisites were finally installed on all the servers, I started the install on the first one by opening the DVD drive (this is a VM) and tried clicking on the Setup.exe. Splash started to come up but with no color? Then it displayed an error that necessary setup files were missing.
Took a few to find it - so here's the fix - open up the Control Panel and type in AutoPlay in the search box. Click the link to 'Start or stop using AutoPlay for all media and devices'. For the 'Removable drive' option, change it to 'Ask me every time' and close the control panel.
Now return to the install media, right click on the drive and select "Install or run program from your media" - splash should come up as it is supposed to and you proceed with the installation.
One other tip - be prepared to wait a bit - the installation takes a bit longer than 2013.