Windows Server 2008 and Windows Vista : Remote Server Administration Tool KB941314

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On my previous post on Remotely Managing Hyper-V Servers, it came to my attention that what if I also have remote administration tools like what I have on Hyper-V so that me and my team would not need to remote desktop on each server to check each server roles. It would be nice to have in one MMC console (as inspired by Windows Server 2008, Server Manager) an overview of all the infrastructure services (or those that needs more attention), then drill down to its details like if you have to manage a whole forest on AD including DNS, Certificate Services, Users and Computers. How about managing Windows Server Core?  How about delegation of roles? All this right in your desktop?

I found a great update for Windows Vista Service Pack 1: KB941314 installs the Remote Server Administration Tools.

 

With RSAT you can now manage the following on your Windows Server 2008:

Server Roles

  • 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

Role Features

  • 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

If you have Windows Server 2003 in the mix, the list may be a lil’ bit shorter:

  • 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

 

To have this tool, you need to download from the Microsoft Download Center, here are the links for x86 and x64 versions:

Download the Microsoft Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows Vista Service Pack 1 32-bit Edition (KB941314) package now. (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=9FF6E897-23CE-4A36-B7FC-D52065DE9960&displaylang=en)

Download the Microsoft Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows Vista Service Pack 1 64-bit Edition (KB941314) package now. (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=D647A60B-63FD-4AC5-9243-BD3C497D2BC5&displaylang=en)

 

 

 

After downloading 24.1 MB of Windows6.0-KB941314-x64.msu installer, Just run it like a normal installer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The installer checks for a updates, may take only a few secs. After checking, confirm the installation by clicking OK.

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the next prompt, the License terms, you need to Accept.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the installation, lets now add the windows feature on control panel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

To do this, go to Start, then Control Panel. On control panel, open Programs and Features, on the left hand of its window, click Turn Windows Features on or off. The UAC may kick in, depending on your local machine permissions. you have to permit the operation.

 

On the Windows Features Window, find the Remote Server Administration Tools and Check everything that you may need (I need all of them :D)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After choosing, click okey and this window appears, lets wait until everything is installed and this window disappears after all of the required operations. We have now installed RSAT on your Windows Vista SP1

 

 

 

 

To use the RSAT you may need the Microsoft Management Console or MMC, to get there, I just press Win Key + R (Run) then type MMC and press enter.

On the MMC, Click File then Add/Remove Snap-in…

 

On the Add or Remove Snap-ins you should now see additional snap-ins that the update has installed.

 

Lets now choose what we need, by highlighting the snap-in list on the left and then clicking the Add > button. I also added the Hyper-V Manager which I have installed before. If you are now satisfied with the list that you have created, click OK.

 

There you have it. All of your administration tools on one console. Manage users, add computers, make changes on the DNS, deploy certificates, check the disk space and the shares and even check your failover clusters!

 

 

 

You can also save your list by clicking File and Save.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Be a hero! Increase your productivity , delegate administration remotely, do this only with a Windows Vista SP1. No more third party tools, and no more trips to the remote desktop. All you need is here and without any additional cost.

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johndelizo

I'm John and in the daytime I am the Chief Technology Officer of VFTS.NET - a consulting firm that specializes on development and deployment of business solutions created with .NET framework on Windows platform and Windows infrastructure projects. I am a core member of the Philippine Windows Users Group, a contributor at the Microsoft Philippines Community forums and I regularly conduct technical sessions as well as other Microsoft technology events. I am a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional in the Cloud and Datacenter Management Technical Expertise but away from any keyboard I spend hours reading books, travel, explore, and being busy with my dog named Floppy.

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