RSAT Release Candidate for Windows 7... ehh... Release Candidate

RSAT Release Candidate for Windows 7... ehh... Release Candidate

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Ned here again. The Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) have been released for Win7 RC. Grab them from:

Here are the installation requirements:

Supported Operating Systems: Windows 7
Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 RC can be installed on computers that are running the Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate editions of Windows 7 RC.

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 RC runs on both x86- and x64-based editions of Windows 7 RC, and can be used to manage roles and features that are running on either the Server Core or full installation options of the x64-based Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system. Remote management is also supported for some roles and features that run on Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2003.

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 RC should not be installed on a computer that is running the Windows Server 2003 Administration Tools Pack or Windows 2000 Server® Administration Tools Pack. Remove all versions of Administration Tools Pack or Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows Vista SP1 from the computer before you install Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 RC.

Only one copy at a time of Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 RC can be installed on a computer. Before you install a new package, remove any existing copies of Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 RC. This includes any copies that are in different languages.

And as if you didn't already know, Client and Server OS RC's are out and available to all...

As always, feel free to post issues or questions in our Comments section below.

- Ned Pyle

  • Noticed a problem with Windows 7 build 7100 x64 and the RSAT for Windows 7 RC x64.

    I launch a custom mmc with several admin tools as an elevated user, using runas / "mmc c:\adm\admintools.msc".  I open Active Directory Users and Computers, right-click the domain root and perform a find.  I can type text in the name or description boxes, but backspace doesn't work at all.

    This only seems to happen on my custom mmc, not when launching the admin tools via the normal shortcuts.  But those are useless for running as an elevated user.

  • Very interesting. I'll give this a try in a later build and get back to you on my findings. Thanks for the feedback biggsg.

    - Ned

  • I am so far unable to reproduce this behavior (I'm actually having other issues just getting your syntax to work in my later build at all), but I'm still digging.

    One question though, about this statement: "This only seems to happen on my custom mmc, not when launching the admin tools via the normal shortcuts.  But those are useless for running as an elevated user."

    Why are those useless? Any of them can be run elevated as a different user, via shift-right clicking.

  • biggsg:  This has been occuring since the beta RSAT and happens seemingly randomly to me.  I ONLY use a custom MMC (which I'd be willing to send into Ned) that I launch via a shortcut that is flagged as "Launch as administrator".  It isn't just backspace - special keys like home and end don't work either.  Delete, however, does work.  It is very annoying.  I haven't been able to reproduce it. for more info if you want to contact me Ned.

  • I have this issue using Windows 7 and the released version of RSAT. Did this ever get resolved?

  • I just tried to recreate my custom consoles and the problem has gone away. Could have been caused by using custom consoles created using older snap-ins or MMC.

  • This happens with individual consoles as well under certain circumstances.  Still not aware of what is causing it, and still annoying!

  • Hi Gallwapa,

    If you want assistance on this you will need to get repro steps (even if unreliable), show that it happens on a cleanly built RTM computer with RTM RSAT code (even if unreliably reproing), then open a support case. No one else is reporting it.

    - Ned

  • Hi Ned,

    I'll see if I can get funds for a case authorized.  Again, can't repeat it reliably as I mentioned.  As far as no one else reporting it...that is a shame.  I know we've got 5 admin's here who gripe about it when it happens but live with it.  Also, yes it does happen on RTM Win7 with RTM RSAT.

  • Same problem with backspace in RSAT, and very little posted about it on the web.

    Win7 ult, x64 version.  This is the second workstation with a similar setup but the same problem.

    It is random.  I think it may be memory related.  I usually lock rather than logout of my workstation.

  • I have major issues with the backspace key not working in the Group Policy Management Console after installing RSAT on Windows 7 Enterprise x64. I started having this issue while running the Windows 7 RC, and it has continued after a format and reinstall to Enterprise x64.

    I am NOT using a custom MMC. I am using Group Policy Management found within Administrative Tools.

    Backspace just doesn't work. I have to highlight and delete.

  • Can you walk me through exactly where you are seeing this? I cannot reproduce the backspace issue.

    I'd be curious to hear if you could reproduce this after installing OS from the DVD and *only* RSAT. Not anything else. A few thousand (tens of? hundreds of?) RSAT users have not reported the issue after all...

  • I'm another one of those "thousands of customers" with this RSAT/backspace issue (and other keys, like the arrow keys). I have no clue why it happens, and it seems to happen randomly like the other ones here say. When it happens, I have to close the MMC and open it again. Then backspace works.

    I am running Windows 7 Enterprise Norwegian, custom MMC. If I get the time I'll try to reproduce this on a clean Win7.

  • I am able to reproduce this problem at will. It happens when Active Directory Users and Computers and Group Policy Management snap-ins are installed in the same console. To reproduce the problem:

    1) In Group Policy Management, select a GPO in the left pane, then click the "Settings" tab in the right pane.

    2) In ADUC, right-click the domain and select "Find" to bring up the search dialog. Type in some text, then attempt to backspace or delete.

    Once the keys stop working the only way to fix it is to relaunch the console.

    I'm running Windows 7 Professional (X64)


  • Sorry for taking so long to respond again.

    Here's how I can effectively reproduce the problem:

    I have RSAT installed on my workstation, which I log into with my normal limited-privilege account. If I open GPMC as myself, everything is wonderful.

    However, I don't typically open GPMC as myself, and instead open it by shift-right clicking on the icon and choosing to "Run as different user". From there, I open it with my Domain Admin account, which actually has privileges to do things in GPMC.

    When I am running it as my DA account I cannot backspace.