Remote Server Administration Tools Released for Windows Vista SP1 (Hurray!)

Remote Server Administration Tools Released for Windows Vista SP1 (Hurray!)

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Ned here - this is a quick post that can't wait for the Microsoft.com machine to spin up. :-)

The long-awaited Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) have been released for Windows Vista. These will allow administrators to use their Vista machines to manage their Windows 2000, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008 infrastructure from the comforts of the cubicle. Come and get 'em.

Microsoft Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows Vista for x86-based Systems
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=9ff6e897-23ce-4a36-b7fc-d52065de9960&DisplayLang=en

Microsoft Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows Vista for x64-based Systems
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=d647a60b-63fd-4ac5-9243-bd3c497d2bc5&DisplayLang=en

After you install this, open Control Panel and start Programs and Features. Click Turn Windows Features on or off then scroll down to the Remote Server Administration Tools. From there you can turn on everything, certain things, or... nothing. Your call, unlike the old ADMINPAK.MSI...

- Ned Pyle

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  • errr...where has the Terminal Service Profile, Environment and Sessions tabs gone from a user account objects when viewing in the new Active Directory Users and Computers console? Also how can you add a GUID/UUID to a computer object in the same console? We need to to do both these things from our Vista SP1 machines :o(

    Cheers in advance. Richard - University of Bath

  • Hi Richard,

    I am able to reproduce the missing tabs. It appears that TSUSEREX.DLL is not installed because the Vista machine is not capable of running as a terminal server. I tried grabbing a copy from a 2008 machine and registering it, but still did not get the tabs. I will be talking to Dev about this shortly and will reply back here when I have some news. Thanks for bringing this up!

    - Ned

  • Hi Richard,

    Dev stated this was by design. However, I have come up with a workaround for you that I will post here shortly. We are also now pressing to get a legitimate fix put in place so that the workaround is not necessary - no ETA on that, trust me. :-)

    What is the GUID piece you were referring to earlier, I wasn't following that.

    - Ned

  • Hi Ned,

    Thanks for the quick resposne and workaround, I'll try that later.

    The GUID thing I was talking about was when you created a computer object in the ADUC. Previously there were a couple of extra pages in the wizard, asking you if you would like to create a Managed Computer and at which point you could add the PC GUID/UUID and then you would be asked which Remote Installation Server (or WDS server as it's called now) you would like to use.

    Once the computer object was created there would then be an extra tab in the computer object called Remote Install (also now missing in RSAT) which you could use to change the GUID/UUID and RIS/WDS server if you needed to. Useful for me when my test machine gets RIS'd with Windows XP and WDS'd with Vista! ;o)

    As it goes something that you couldn't do before, which might good if you could change it for RSAT is the ability to change a computer TO a managed computer if you didn't make it so when you created the object. Currently you have to delete the object and recreate it entering the UUID/GUID in the wizard.

    Cheers, Richard - University of Bath

  • Hi,

    Ah, ok. I'm not seeing that option in Win2008's AD users and computers either. So it's not necessarily an RSAT thing, seems to be more a DSA.MSC thing now. I'll chat with the Setup Support guys and see what they say about that.

    - Ned

  • Hi Richard,

    Haven't forgotten about you here. The Setup team has been noodling on this and is coming up with a recommended workaround for you. Should have something by tomorrow, but may take a bit longer - hang in there.

    - Ned

  • Hi Ned,

    I guess that you guys are still scratching your heads over the whole Managed Computer thing then?

    - Richard, University of Bath

  • Hi,

    Yep - still chatting with those folks right now. I don't have a good ETA for you here I'm afraid. More info when I hear something.

    -Ned

  • What happened to the WINS snap-in for the RSAT tools? It's there in the Windows Server 2008 version of the tools (as it was in the Admin Pak for XP.

  • Hi StuR,

    I had to dig a little on this (the WINS snap-in is owned by the Networking folks). It looks like it was not added to the pack and this was by-design. I don't have a workaround for you here, but you could try pinging the http://blogs.technet.com/networking blog and see if they have any further details. All I had to go on was a bug filed that was 3 sentences long, unfortunately...

    - Ned

  • Hi Ned,

    Just fired up my test machine with Windows Server Standard 2008 and it seems you CAN add a UUID/GUID in the New Computer object wizard...

    ...However, I've double-checked and you definately CAN'T do this on RSAT for Windows Vista SP1.

    What made me check was page 224 (Ch8) of the Microsoft Press Windows Server 2008 Administrator's Pocket Consultant Book, which clearly outliines the procedure I outlined!

    So, sorry guys it does look like an RSAT thing...

    - Richard, University of Bath

  • That's very odd - I could not do so on my 2008 DC. So then I added the feature 'Windows Deployment Services Tools' on that 2008 machine and I now had the manage dialog in ADUC. The snap-in DLL that got loaded was IMADMUI.DLL.

    So then I copied the IMADMUI.DLL and IMADMUI.DLL.MUI like we had done previously to my Vista RSAT machine and registered the dll. I loaded DSA.MSC and I had the management dialog.

    The Setup team has come back and said that on RSAT it's definitely not there and there are no plans to include it. You could try the DLL trick like above but it would of course still be at your own risk and unsupported.

    Definitely some gyrations here...

    - Ned

  • Ned,

    Here at the University of Bath we are very, very disappointed to hear that there are no plans to include the Managed Computer dialog.

    When your are delegating control over areas of your Active Directory (like we do here) it is essential that someone using a client PC can stage a managed computer so that they can then RIS/WDS it.

    Isn't the whole point of RSAT to allow you to remotely manage your AD/Windows environment?

    I will try the unsupported fix, but it's not really ideal and I can't believe it's that big a deal just to add-in this functionailty to RSAT. They were going to add in the Terminal Services tabs weren't they? Why can't they do this too?

    - Richard, University of Bath

  • You are preaching to the choir, unfortunately.

    If your school has a Premier contract with us (Academic or otherwise) I highly recommend you speak to your TAM about filing a Design Change Request. The more customers that ask for this functionality formally and with a solid business impact statement, the more likely it is to be added.