Another crazy week, but we have some seriously good stuff coming out of Redmond today.  We have officially released to the web the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT).  So what the heck is RSAT?  Well basically it's the next version of ADMINPAK.  Yep you can actually manage your Windows Server infrastructure from you Vista SP1 machine and no I'm not talking via RDP to your server!  RSAT includes tools for Windows Server 2003 as well as Windows Server 2008.  BOOYAH!

The goodies are available via download:

RSAT for Windows Vista SP 1 x86 version

RSAT for Windows Vista SP1 x64 version

Be sure to check out Edge the rest of the week for an interview withe the product manager of RSAT, a blog post on one of the features you can implement using RSAT: Group Policy Preferences as well as a Group Policy preferences screen cast.  Now for some RSAT details:

What does the RSAT include?

Role Administration Tools:

· Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS) Tools

· Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) Tools

· Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS) Tools

· DHCP Server Service Tools

· DNS Server Service Tools

· Shared Folders Tools

· Network Policy and Access Services Tools

· Terminal Services Tools

· Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration (UDDI) Services Tools

Feature Administration Tools:

· BitLocker Drive Encryption Tools

· Failover Clustering Tools

· Group Policy Management Tools

· Network Load Balancing Tools

· SMTP Server Tools

· Storage Manager for SANs Tools

And not to be outdone, we have the tools in the following list that are fully supported managing Windows Server 2003 servers as well:

· Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) Tools

· Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS) Tools

· Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS) Tools

· DHCP Server Tools

· DNS Server Tools

· Group Policy Management Tools

· Network Load Balancing Tools

· Terminal Services Tools

· Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration (UDDI) Services Tools