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BIG Hyper-V News Part II: Windows 7 Remote Server Admin Tools

BIG Hyper-V News Part II: Windows 7 Remote Server Admin Tools

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After my post a few days back, talking about the availability of both Windows 7 Client, and Windows Server 2008 R2, I’d like to take this chance to follow up with some supplementary information about the next release of the Remote Server Administration Tools, for Windows 7 Client.  Ben has already taken the chance to blog about the release, but I’d like to follow up with a few extra points of useful information.  Firstly, what are they?

“The Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 enable IT administrators to manage roles and features that are installed on remote computers that are running Windows Server 2008 R2 (and, for some roles and features, Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2003) from a remote computer that is running Windows 7. It includes support for remote management of computers that are running either the Server Core or full installation options of Windows Server 2008 R2, and for some roles and features, Windows Server 2008. Some roles and features on Windows Server 2003 can be managed remotely by using Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7, although the Server Core installation option is not available with the Windows Server 2003 operating system.  This feature is comparable in functionality to the Windows Server 2003 Administrative Tools Pack and Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 (SP1)”

So, if you want to manage the roles and features on your servers, but you don’t want to visit them locally, or remote desktop to them, RSAT is the download for you.  It’s especially useful for Server Core deployments!

One of the nice new additions to Windows Server 2008 R2, over and above Windows Server 2008, is Remote Server Manager, which means that I can actually enable Roles and Features remotely, rather than just managing the ones that were already enabled in 2008.  So, if you are at a Win 7 Client box, and you have a vanilla install of 2008 R2 on another box, you can, from the Win 7 Client, not only enable the roles and features, but manage them too.  This is great news, and a welcome improvement over pure WS2008.

One area that I believe the Remote Server Admin Tools will be critical, will be for managing the next release of Hyper-V Server 2008, namely, Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 (I know, original hey :-))

Grab RSAT, and all the info you need on installation, from here.

Also, don’t forget about using the excellent HVremote, to "automagically" configure Hyper-V Remote Management in conjunction with RSAT!  John’s got all the details on this tool on his blog, here.

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