Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows Server 2012

by Shijaz Abdulla on 08.09.2012 at 13:24

The Remote Server Administration Toolkit (RSAT) for Windows 8 lets administrators remotely manage computers running Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 from Windows 8 clients.

The new RSAT tools can be downloaded here.

Notes:

  • Please note that the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 can ONLY be installed on computers that are running Windows 8.
  • Remove all older versions of Administration Tools Pack or Remote Server Administration Tools—including earlier prerelease versions, and releases of the tools for different languages or locales—from the computer before you install Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8.
  • Only one copy at a time of Remote Server Administration Tools can be installed on a computer

RSAT tools for Windows 7

by Shijaz Abdulla on 14.10.2009 at 12:23

A commenter asked me today about the Windows Server 2008 RSAT tools not working on Windows 7. The answer is simple – there is a different build of the RSAT tools for Windows 7 available as a free download here.

 

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Hyper-V Remote Administration

by Shijaz Abdulla on 27.01.2009 at 14:30

January 27, 2009

When you connect to a Windows Server 2008 computer running Hyper-V from a Windows Vista client, the mouse input is not captured when you connect to a guest machine unless you install the Integration Services on the guest machine. You receive the following message:

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Mouse not captured in Remote Desktop session.

It is however, possible to remotely manage Hyper-V from within a Windows Vista MMC snap-in upon installation of an optional update. To download the Hyper-V Remote Management Update, follow these links.

Upon installation, you will find a ‘Hyper-V Manager’ icon in the Administrative Tools folder on your Start Menu.

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RSAT: the AdminPak for Windows Server 2008

by Shijaz Abdulla on 12.04.2008 at 12:13

An AdminPak (a.k.a AdminPack, Admin Pack) for Windows Server 2008 has been released. Windows Server 200x administrators are familiar with the “Administration Tools” or adminpak.msi that they used to install on their management workstations for connecting remotely via MMC to servers instead of having to login them via RDP.

Windows Server 2008 did not have the adminpak built in to the RTM media. These are called the “Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT)” and were released separately on March 24. The RSAT are available as a free download at Download Center.

RSAT contains the following tools:

Role Administration Tools:

  • Active Directory Certificate Services Tools
  • Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) Tools
  • Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS) Tools
  • DHCP Server Tools
  • DNS Server Tools
  • File Services Tools
  • Network Policy and Access Services Tools
  • Terminal Services Tools
  • Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration (UDDI) Services Tools

Feature Administration Tools:

  • BitLocker Drive Encryption Tools
  • Failover Clustering Tools
  • Group Policy Management Tools
  • Network Load Balancing Tools
  • SMTP Server Tools
  • Storage Manager for SANs Tools
  • Windows System Resource Manager Tools

The following tools are fully supported for managing computers running Windows Server 2003:

  • Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) Tools
  • Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS) Tools
  • Active Directory Certification Authority Tools
  • DHCP Server Tools
  • DNS Server Tools
  • Terminal Services Tools
  • Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration (UDDI) Services Tools
  • Group Policy Management Tools
  • Network Load Balancing Tools

An immediate thought: Managing computers running Windows Server 2008 Server Core is now easier. Once the server has been set up and configured to allow remote MMC connections, all you need to do is install RSAT on your workstation and connect to your Server Core machine using the RSAT tools. Your non-GUI Windows Server now has a remote GUI 🙂

Note that you can install the RSAT tools only on a computer running Windows Vista with Service Pack 1. Read more about it on the Windows Server blog.

Update (December 2009): If you need the RSAT tools for Windows 7, read this post.