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;