Windows 7 RSAT Release Candidate

Why?… Because it’s cold in the server room! 🙂

This version of Remote Server Administration Tools was released a few weeks ago and I’ve been using it ever since. I know a few other people have asked about installing this, so I figured I’d post a little guide on it. The installation is a little different from the previous “admin packs” released from Microsoft.

This package comes in both x86 and x64 flavors, and has support for Server 2008 R2 (x64 only). After downloading, run the MSU and it will ask if you want to update. Click Yes.
After the installation completes, you will need to go into Control Panel, then click Programs in the Programs and Features area. Then click Turn Windows features on or off.
When you expand Remote Server Administration Tools you’ll find the tools of your choice. They are separated by Feature Administration Tools, and Role Administration Tools. This reflects the new Server 2008 Server Management layout.

Just like in Windows Vista, the Administrative Tools folder is not by default visible in the Start Menu in Windows 7. To make it visible right click the Windows orb and select Properties from the context menu. On the Start Menu tab, click Customize… in the top right corner.

Scroll all the way to the bottom of the list until you reach the System administrative tools section. Select either the Display on the All Programs menu option or the Display on the All Programs menu and the Start menu option. Click OK twice to confirm your choice.

The Release Candidate Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) for Windows 7 allow you to remotely manage your Windows Server 2008 R2 boxes. I was happy to see the inclusion of the Hyper-V manager and also the long-needed GPO management for an OS above XP.

That’s all there is too it. One more excuse to never leave your desk! If you have any questions, leave me a comment.

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