Using Windows Server 2008 Remote Server Administration Tools

by Chris Sanders [Published on 7 Jan. 2009 / Last Updated on 21 Sept. 2008]

If you are using Windows Vista as your primary desktop for managing Windows Server 2008, then you will need RSAT to do so.

If you are using a Windows Vista machine to manage your Windows Server 2008 devices then you are already missing quite a few of the tool you need to do so effectively. You can get all of these tools by downloading and installing the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT). RSAT includes things such as Active Directory Domain Service tools, DHCP server tools, DNS server tools, and group policy management tools.

After making sure that your installation of Vista is at the Service Pack 1 level, you can download RSAT here:

Installing this download will make sure the RSAT tools are on your system, but you must “unlock” them in order to use them. This is done by going to the system control panel, choosing Programs, and selecting Turn Windows Feature On or Off. In this dialog box, you can select the RSAT check box to make all of these tools available, or simply select certain tools individually.

Once these steps have been performed, you should have access to all of these tools under the Administrative Tools section in the control panel.

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The Author — Chris Sanders

Chris Sanders is a network security analyst for EWA Government Systems Inc. Chris is the author of the book Practical Packet Analysis as well as several technical articles. His personal website at contains a great deal of information, articles, and guides related to network administration, network security, packet analysis, and general information technology.

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