Remote administration using RSAT

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How to use RSAT tool for remote administration

  • Once the RSAT tool package is installed and machine is rebooted, you need to turn on the features from control panel
  • Open Control Panel add and remove program window

  • Click on right, Turn Windows features on or off

  • Explore the Remote Server Administration Tools feature

  • Select the features that you would like to Turn on and click ok. Once the tools are activated, it will prompt for restart windows.

    Click restart now.

  • After the reboot, you may see list of all RSAT admin tools under Administrative tools

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RSAT Tools for Roles

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Available remote administration tools

For Windows 7, the following tools are available for installation together with Administration Tools.

Note: When you install tools for specific roles, role services, and features within Administration Tools, you install only a set of snap-ins and tools for remote management of those roles, role services, and features installed on other computers. Installing Administration Tools does not install any roles or features on the local computer.

Remote Server Administration Tools for roles

Remote Server Administration Tools role or technology

Description

Active Directory® Certificate Services Tools Active Directory Certificate Services Tools includes the Certification Authority, Certificate Templates, Enterprise PKI, and Online Responder Management snap-ins.
Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) and Active Directory Lightweight Active Directory Domain Services includes Active Directory Users and Computers, Active Directory Domains and Trusts, Active Directory Sites and Services, Active Directory Administrative Center, Server for Network Information Service (NIS) tools, the Windows PowerShell module for Active Directory , and other snap-ins and command-line tools for remotely managing Active Directory Domain Services.
Directory Services (AD LDS) Tools Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services Tools includes Active Directory Sites and Services, ADSI Edit, Schema Manager, and other snap-ins and command-line tools for managing Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services.
Server for NIS Tools includes an extension to the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in, and the ypclear.exe command-line tool.
DHCP Server Tools DHCP Server Tools includes the DHCP Management Console and netsh command-line tool.
DNS Server Tools DNS Server Tools includes the DNS Manager snap-in and dnscmd.exe command-line tool.
File Services Tools File Services Tools include the following:

  • Distributed File System Tools includes the DFS Management snap-in, and the dfsradmin.exe, dfsrdiag.exe, dfscmd.exe, dfsdiag.exe, and dfsutil.exe command-line tools.
  • File Server Resource Manager tools includes the File Server Resource Manager snap-in, and the dirquota.exe, filescrn.exe and storrept.exe command line tools.
  • Share and Storage Management Tools includes the Share and Storage Management snap-in.
Hyper-V™ Tools Hyper-V Tools includes the Hyper-V Manager snap-in and the Virtual Machine Connection remote access tool.
Remote Desktop Services Tools Remote Desktop Services Tools includes the Remote Desktop Services Manager and Remote Desktop snap-ins.
Server Manager Server Manager includes the Server Manager console.

Remote Server Administration Tools for features

Remote Server Administration Tools feature

Description

BitLocker Active Directory Recovery Password Viewer The BitLocker Active Directory Recovery Password Viewer tool is an extension for the Active Directory Users and Computers Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in. Using this tool, you can open the Properties dialog box for a computer object to view the corresponding BitLocker recovery passwords.
Failover Clustering Tools Failover Clustering Tools includes Failover Cluster Manager, Windows PowerShell tools for managing Failover Clustering, and the cluster.exe command-line tool.
Group Policy Management Tools Group Policy Management Tools includes Group Policy Management Console, Group Policy Management Editor, and Group Policy Starter GPO Editor.
Network Load Balancing Tools Network Load Balancing Tools includes the Network Load Balancing Manager snap-in, Windows PowerShell tools for managing Network Load Balancing, and the nlb.exe and wlbs.exe command-line tools.
SMTP Server Tools SMTP Server Tools includes the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) snap-in.
Storage Explorer Tools Storage Explorer Tools includes the Storage Explorer snap-in.
Storage Manager for SANs Tools Storage Manager for SANs Tools includes the Storage Manager for SANs snap-in, and the provisionstorage.exe command-line tool.
Windows System Resource Manager Tools Windows System Resource Manager Tools includes the Windows System Resource Manager snap-in, and the wsrmc.exe command-line tool.

Installing and Removing RSAT Tools

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How to install the Administration Tools pack

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows® 7 is a set of remote management tools that you can download and install on computers that are running Windows 7. After you have downloaded the pack, you can install the Administration Tools pack by double-clicking the downloaded package on your computer and then completing the installation wizard.

Prerequisites for installing the Administration Tools pack

  • You can install the Administration Tools pack only on a computer that is running Windows 7.
  • You should only install Administration Tools to perform administrative tasks on computers that are running either Windows Server® 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Server 2003.
  • You must be either a member of the Administrators group on the computer on which you want to install the Administration Tools pack, or you must be logged on to the computer by using the built-in Administrator account.

How to install the Administration Tools pack

You can install the Administration Tools pack on a computer that is running the Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate editions of Windows 7.

To install the Administration Tools pack by using the Windows interface

  1. Download the Administration Tools package from the Microsoft Web site (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=137379).
  2. Open the folder into which the package downloaded, double-click the package to unpack the files, and then start the Remote Server Administration Tools Setup Wizard.
  3. Complete all the steps that are required by the wizard, and then click Finish to exit the wizard when installation is completed.
  4. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Programs.
  5. In the Programs and Features area, click Turn Windows features on or off.

    If you are prompted by User Account Control to allow the Windows Features dialog box to open, click Continue.

  6. In the Windows Features dialog box, expand Remote Server Administration Tools.
  7. Select the remote management tools that you want to install, and then click OK.
  8. Configure the Start menu to display the Administration Tools shortcut, if it is not already there.
    1. Right-click Start, and then click Properties.
    2. On the Start Menu tab, click Customize.
    3. In the Customize Start Menu dialog box, scroll down to System Administrative Tools, and then select Display on the All Programs menu and the Start menu. Click OK.

      Shortcuts for snap-ins installed by Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 are added to the Administrative Tools list on the Start menu.

To install the Administration Tools pack by using a command line

  • Download the Administration Tools package from the Microsoft Web site (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=137379).

    Note the location into which you are downloading the package, because you have to change to that directory later in this procedure to continue installing the Administration Tools pack.

  • On the computer that is running Windows 7, open a Command Prompt session with elevated user rights by clicking Start, clicking All Programs, clicking Accessories, right-clicking Command Prompt, and then clicking Run as administrator.
  • Change to the directory into which you downloaded the Administration Tools package, type one of the following, depending upon your computer’s architecture, and then press Enter to install Administration Tools.
    • Windows6.1-KB958830-x86.msu /quiet
    • Windows6.1-KB958830-x64.msu /quiet
  • After the Administration Tools package is installed, show the command IDs of the tools you want to enable by typing the following, and then pressing Enter. Look for feature names that begin with RemoteServerAdministrationTools.

    dism /online /get-features

    Note:
    The DISM command-line utility is case-sensitive. Be sure to use the exact feature name, preserving capitalization, in installation or removal commands.

  • In the Command Prompt session, use a command in the following format to enable remote administration tools. Tool names can be nested in a multilevel hierarchy of parent nodes; note the relationship of the tool you want to install to its parent nodes in the results of step 4.

    dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:RemoteServerAdministrationTools /featurename:RemoteServerAdministrationTools-<feature-parent (if applicable)> /featurename:RemoteServerAdministrationTools-<feature-parent (if applicable)>-<feature-name>

    In the following example, the administrator installs the Server Manager console onto a computer that is running Windows 7. Server Manager has only the RemoteServerAdministrationTools parent node.

    dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:RemoteServerAdministrationTools /featurename:RemoteServerAdministrationTools-ServerManager

    In the following example, the administrator installs the DNS Server role management snap-in.

    dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:RemoteServerAdministrationTools /featurename:RemoteServerAdministrationTools-Roles /featurename:RemoteServerAdministrationTools-Roles-DNS

    In the following example, the administrator installs the Group Policy Management feature snap-in.

    dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:RemoteServerAdministrationTools /featurename:RemoteServerAdministrationTools-Features /featurename:RemoteServerAdministrationTools-Features-GP

How to reinstall or remove tools in the Administration Tools pack

If the Administration Tools pack was removed from a computer that is running Windows 7, you can install it again by following these steps. On the command line, you can disable all tools at the same time, or specific tools.

To reinstall or remove individual remote administration tools by using the Windows interface

  1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Programs.
  2. In the Programs and Features area, click Turn Windows features on or off.

    If you are prompted by User Account Control to allow the Windows Features dialog box to open, click Continue.

  3. In the Windows Features dialog box, expand Remote Server Administration Tools.
  4. Select the remote management tools that you want to install, or clear the check boxes for any tools that you want to remove, and then click OK.

To disable tools by using the command line

  1. On the computer that is running Windows 7, open a Command Prompt session with elevated user rights by clicking Start, clicking All Programs, clicking Accessories, right-clicking Command Prompt, and then clicking Run as administrator.
  2. Type a command in the following format, and then press Enter.

    dism /online /disable-feature /featurename:RemoteServerAdministrationTools-<feature-parent (if applicable)>-<feature-name>

    In the following example, the administrator disables the Group Policy Management snap-in.

    dism /online /disable-feature /featurename:RemoteServerAdministrationTools-Features-GP

    In the following example, the administrator disables the Server Manager console.

    dism /online /disable-feature /featurename:RemoteServerAdministrationTools-ServerManager

    In the following example, the administrator disables the DNS Server snap-in.

    dism /online /disable-feature /featurename:RemoteServerAdministrationTools-Roles-DNS

How to remove the Administration Tools pack

You can remove Administration Tools from a computer by using either the Uninstall a program utility in Control Panel, or a Command Prompt session.

To remove the Administration Tools pack by using the Windows interface

  1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Uninstall a program in the Programs area.
  2. Click View installed updates.
  3. Select Update for Microsoft Windows (958830).
  4. Click Uninstall.

To remove the Administration Tools pack by using a command line

  1. On the computer that is running Windows 7, open a Command Prompt session with elevated user rights by clicking Start, clicking All Programs, clicking Accessories, right-clicking Command Prompt, and then clicking Run as administrator.
  2. Find the name of the Administration Tools package by typing the following, and then pressing Enter.

    dism /online /Get-Packages

    In the command results, look for the package name that contains the text RemoteServerAdministrationTools.

  3. Type the following, and then press Enter to remove the package from the computer, in which Name represents the entire name of the package that you obtained in step 2, including version number and architecture information.

    dism /online /Remove-Package /PackageName:<Name>