Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2
Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) enables IT administrators to remotely manage roles and features in Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 from a computer that is running Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows
Vista, or Windows 7.
RSAT cannot be installed on computers that are running Home or Standard editions of Windows. You can only install RSAT on Professional or Enterprise editions of the Windows client operating system. Unless the download page specifically states that RSAT applies
to a Beta or Preview or other prerelease version of Windows, you must be running a full (RTM) release of the Windows operating system to install and use RSAT. Although some users have found ways of manually cracking or hacking the RSAT MSU to install RSAT
on unsupported releases or editions of Windows, this is a violation of the Windows end-user license agreement.
This is similar to installing the adminpak.msi on Windows 2000 or Windows XP client computers. There is one major difference: in Windows Vista and Windows 7, the tools are not automatically available after
RSAT is downloaded and installed. You must enable the tools that you want to use by using the Control Panel. To do so, click
Start, click Control Panel, click Programs and then click Turn Windows features on or off
(as shown in the following figure).
However, in the RSAT release for Windows 8.1 and Windows 8, tools are once again all enabled by default. You can open
Turn Windows on or off to disable tools that you don't want to use. In Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8.1 and Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8, GUI-based tools are accesssed from within the Server Manager console,
on the Tools menu.
For RSAT that runs on Windows Vista and Windows 7, after running the downloaded installation package, you must enable the tools for the roles and features that you want to manage (as shown in the following figure).
You don't need to do this for RSAT for Windows 8 or RSAT for Windows 8.1.
If you need to install management tools in Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, or Windows Server 2012 R2 for specific roles or features running on remote servers, there's no need to install additional software. Open the
Add Features Wizard in Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2, or the
Add Roles and Features Wizard in Windows Server 2012 and later releases, and on the
Select Features page, expand Remote Server Administration Tools and select the tools that you want to install. Complete the wizard to install your management tools. See the following figure.
Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) and Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS) Tools includes Active Directory Administrative Center; Active Directory Domains and Trusts; Active
Directory Sites and Services; Active Directory Users and Computers; ADSI Edit; DCPromo.exe; LDP.exe; NetDom.exe; NTDSUtil.exe; RepAdmin.exe;
Active Directory module for Windows PowerShell; DCDiag.exe; DSACLs.exe; DSAdd.exe; DSDBUtil.exe; DSMgmt.exe; DSMod.exe; DSMove.exe; DSQuery.exe; DSRm.exe;
Need to clarify the table titled "RSAT Platform and Tools Support Matrix" is actually the "RSAT Platform and Tools Support Matrix for Windows 8 Consumer Preview.
Please correct the following two points in the Support Matrix for RDS:
1. Remote Desktop Services Manager should be removed since this tool does not exist in Windows 8.
2. Need to add the following note: Server Manager is included with the RSAT tools and should be used for administration of all other RDS role services except RD Gateway and RD Licensing.
In the Support Matrix Hyper-V Tools Win 8 column, we need to add a note that the Hyper-V Manager console doesn’t support managing Hyper-V servers running Server 2008 or Server 2008 R2.
At this moment (8:50 am MST, Aug. 16, 2012) it seems that the download links are down, leading to a 404 error. Is there a newer version of RSAT available? Thanks.
What happened to Remote Desktops feature. We used this a lot to manage our multiple Terminal Server environment for software updates/installs as well as troubleshooting. Am I missing something or has this been removed?
What is the word regarding Server 2012 RSAT for Win 7 clients? Any details there?
If you installed "RSAT for 8.1 Preview" on your Windows 8.1 RTM box, make sure you remove this version RSAT tools through "Turn Windows Features On or Off" before applying the "RSAT for Windows 8.1" (www.microsoft.com/.../details.aspx) that were released on 10/17/13
How's about WIndows Server 2012 RSAT for Server 2008 or Windows 7? Seems a bit silly to have to buy license for 2012 to manage it from 2012 when the UI for 2012 still needs years of work to improve it from the tablet centric Windows 8 UI. We have no desire to install windows 2012 anywhere except where required as a prerequisite for other services (AD, Exchange).
For some unknown reason, the right-most column in the table "RSAT for Windows 8 Platform and Tools Support Matrix", with the column header "Manages technology on Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2", is not showing the last right-most 2 to 3 characters.