Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) Now Available for Windows Vista SP1

Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) Now Available for Windows Vista SP1

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Many of you have asked us when the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) would be available for download now that Windows Vista SP1 has been released. As of today, you can!

RSAT is an excellent set of tools for IT Pros wanting to manage their Windows Server environment right from their desktop. RSAT also includes an updated Group Policy Management Console (GPMC), which was previously removed in Windows Vista SP1.

Download: Remote Server Administration Tools (x86)
Download: Remote Server Administration Tools (x64)

RSAT is an updated version of what is called ADMINPAK.MSI and can be used by IT Pros to manage computers running Windows Server 2008. Because many of these tools also work for managing computers running Windows Server 2003, it is essentially "the next version" of ADMINPAK.MSI.

The following are a list of the tools you will find in RSAT:

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

And these tools also fully supported managing Windows Server 2003 servers:

  • 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

Download RSAT today and start managing your servers!

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  • ARIOS
    1 Posts

    It's there RSAT for Windows XP? so I can work from XP workstations.  My company don't want to migrate from XP to Vista now.  I need help please.

  • spcit
    1 Posts

    Ok - I'm not sure if anyone is still around on this post to answer my question, but I'll ask it anyway.  I'm running Vista Business x64.  I had previously installed the adminpak for Windows Server 2003 Sp2 x64 so that I would be able to do 'some' of the admin on our servers from my machine.  The main tools I use are Active Directory Users & Computers, Group Policy Management, and the DHCP tool.  As we all know, the DHCP tool did not work on Vista in this release, and after I installed Vista SP1, the GPMC was gone as well, but the ADU&C was still fine and dandy.  

    Now, I've installed the RSAT, with the new versions of the DHCP and GPMC tools, and they work great (About time!  Yea!), but now all of a sudden the ADU&C snap in fails to load.  I get an error message titled:  Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime Library, that says:  This application has requested the Runtime to terminate it in an unusual way.  Please contact the application's support team for more information."  

    Can anyone tell me what's going on with this?  I didn't think the RSAT made a change to the ADU&C snap in?  Any help would be greatly appreciated, as I use these tools daily.  I'd rather not step back to XP, and I don't like having to remote in to one of the servers every time I need to make a change.  

    Thanks!

  • Unfortunately I wasn't on the beta for this so I can't submit bug reports, however...

    The DNS console in 64bit RSAT appears to have the wrong sort set up on the IP address column. In 32bit (and in the old adminpak), sorting on IP address yielded eg. this:

    10.0.0.1

    10.0.0.2

    10.0.0.3

    10.0.0.10

    10.0.0.11

    10.0.0.20

    etc.

    Now, on RSAT 64bit, you get this:

    10.0.0.1

    10.0.0.10

    10.0.0.11

    10.0.0.2

    10.0.0.20

    10.0.0.3

    Obviously this isn't the desired sort - how should I bug this?

  • Still far too many thing don't work properly. What's this about having to un-install Server 2003 admin tools as well? I'm still left using 2 PC's my Vista one can use Office (and not much else) while my XP one is where i can actually do some work. I look forward to the day where i run nothing but Server 2008 and Vista, then i might be able to jsut use 1 PC. But until then i can't use it.

    Where is the tools for Windows 2000, Exchange 2003/2000, ISA pre-2006, Visual Studio pre-2008. Pathetic.

  • minmin
    1 Posts

    I want to know about Vista SP1 new feature.

  • Nick,

    Does Microsoft realize that a number of features in the XP adminpak were dropped for RSAT? That makes RSAT less-capable than what was previously available 4 years ago. In addition, as other comments noted, Communication Server won't work. I'm not sure about Exchange, but SMS and ISA 2006 management tools also fail when loaded on Vista.

    Rather than RSAT, what we need is someone at Microsoft to clean up all these individual tools and interfaces and give us a tool that actualyl works with Microsoft's current product line-up on Vista. Currently, Vista still breaks Microsoft management tools left and right.

  • djclark
    2 Posts

    AD Users and Computers is broken, you cant see the remote install tab any more, whats gone wrong (you could using adminpak.msi). Without this facility its no good for us as we use RIS/WDS extensively.

    Dave

  • This is only to manage it from a Vista workstation correct?  If I just want to use GPP and have a XP/Server 2003 environment, I still need a Vista workstation to manage my GPPs for XP... I'm assuming.

  • jrmac,

    That's exactly what I'm referring to. A number of the toolsets won't run on Vista 64-bit at all or still throw errors even under Vista 32-bit. The same toolsets appear to work great under XP (or even Windows 2008 apparently). It's great that RSAT is out there, but it doesn't appear Microsoft has done enough to allow a typical helpdesk running Microsoft products to switch to Vista yet, unless we remote desktop into each server. That method would defeat the entire purpose of the RSAT toolset.

    OCS won't work as jrmac stated above. Exchange import-mailbox won't work and generates errors as I previously noted. An ISA expert on our staff just pointed out to me that Vista won't work for him to mange his servers either, so he either runs XP or just remote desktops in. Etc.

    Nick, do we have any indications of which management toolsets work 100% correctly with Vista 32 and 64-bit versions?

  • jrmac
    1 Posts

    Running the 32-bit snap-ins on Vista x64 doesn't appear to  work.  For example, running

    %SystemRoot%\system32\dsa.msc -32

    will generate a Visual C++ runtime error.  This does, however, work on x64 editions of Windows Server 2008.  Managing OCS 2007, for instance, requires running in 32-bit mode.  Any ideas?

  • Nick,

    Do you know the limitations of using this tool and Exchange 2003/2007? From what I recall there were certain powershell commands (import-mailbox) and other tools that did not play nice with Vista.

    If this toolset fixes those problems then WAHOO! that would rock and FINALLY make it possible to manage AD and Exchange via Vista! I say this because a few months ago even the Exchange developement team wouldn't touch Vista with a 10 foot pole due to these limitations with managing Exchange.

    Thanks!

  • Install the Exchange 2007 SP1 Management console to manage exchange mailboxes(do not know if the Exchange 2003 works on Vista.....same for ISA 2006 and SQL 2005..

  • jaskerr
    1 Posts

    It's working great, but what about managing exchange mailboxes in ADUC?

  • Nevermind... Didnt realize you had to turn the feature on in the control panel.  Good Work!  Its nice to have my tools back!  Thanks!

  • Once the tool is installed how do you access it?  Via MMC?

  • By the way the accountinfo.dll still works..yeahh...I love to have the tools on again I hate to remote into the server everytime I needed to do something.....

  • I think is the validation system...I finally got it (but the validation kept failing). I am using enterprise SP1 validated by an internal KMS server.

  • Nick White
    1204 Posts

    Hey again all:  I just tested and reached both pages successfully -- it looks like the links have to propagate throughout our servers, and so at times fail to load until that occurs.  Please try each link again until it successfully resolves.

  • Nick White
    1204 Posts

    Hey cas and daggmano: I'll look into it, thanks for the notice!

  • I concur.  Links are broken.

  • cas
    10 Posts

    Hi Nick,

    the links are not o.k.

    cas