Update: Windows 8 RSAT RTM is now online.
Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) enables IT administrators to do Windows Server management remotely. Since Windows Server 2008, RSAT has been a free download for Windows client-based operating systems. RSAT is the evolution of the Administrative Tools pack (also known as Admin Pack) that was available to manage roles on Windows Server 2003. Going forward, RSAT is always going to be released the same time as Windows client.
RSAT for Windows 8 enables IT administrators to manage roles and features that are installed on computers that are running Windows Server 2012 from a remote computer that is running Windows 8. RSAT for Windows 8 includes Server Manager, Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-ins, consoles, Windows PowerShell cmdlets and providers, and command-line tools for managing roles and features that run on Windows Server 2012. In limited cases, the tools can be used to manage roles and features that are running on Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2003. You can find a complete table of all tools and what versions of roles and features they will manage on the TechNet Wiki.
We recommend using RSAT to remotely manage your servers. One of the benefits is to use the GUI to manage servers that run the Server Core installation option of Windows Server. All tools and features in RSAT for Windows 8 can be found in Windows Server 2012. Basically, we pick the tools from Windows Server 2012 and package them to be installable on Windows 8. Users should expect minimal differences between remotely managing roles and features from another server running Windows Server 2012 and from computers running Windows 8 with RSAT installed. In Windows Server 2012, we make Server Manager a great tool to manage multiple servers remotely. For more information about Server Manager, please refer to the Introduction to Server Manager in Windows Server 2012 blog post from my colleague, Wale Martins.
Based on your feedback, we’ve changed the installation experience of RSAT for Windows 8. Instead of a two-step installation process where you ran the installer, and then manually picked and enabled tools to use, as in RSAT for Windows 7, all features and tools in RSAT for Windows 8 are installed and enabled by default, after the installer is finished running. After RSAT installation, “Server Manager” and “Administrative Tools” shortcuts are pinned on the Start screen.
All RSAT tools are found in the Administrative Tools folder. They can also be launched from the “Tools” menu in Server Manager. This can make the “Tools” menu long and difficult to use. My colleague, Kriti Jindal, has posted a blog entry on how to customize the Tools menu in Server Manager.
Please refer to the download page for RSAT for Windows 8 for more information about installing and uninstalling the tools. RSAT for Windows 8 is designed to work best when managing roles and features that are installed on computers that are running Windows Server 2012.
We love feedback. Do you have any things you’d like to see in the RSAT package going forward?
Stephen LiuProgram ManagerWindows Server 2012
I've noticed this new file (even though its titled Release preview still) is 2mb bigger than the previous so is it the RTM without the title change or just an updated version of the Pre release to support more functionality until the RTM comes out?
hope RSAT Update for Win7 will come asap, for smaller companies it will be real pain if administration will only work from windows 8 client!
How is it that you have links spread all over your website pointing to www.microsoft.com/.../details.aspx for the Win8 RSAT but when I go there I get a "We are sorry, the page you requested cannot be found" page? Is it just down for maintenance or did you decide to change the id?
Hi Dan, see Gaby Kaplan's post here. I'm guessing the RP links are not coming back, but RTM is very close. This post was made a 'few days' ago, and since it happened the RP links have been removed, I think it's a good sign.
I'm the technical writer for Remote Server Administration Tools; I have some information that might help you.
Although the version of Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 that is currently live (and yes, that is labeled "Release Preview") is supported only on Windows 8 Release Preview, it can be installed on Windows 8 RTM without any difficulties for testing purposes; that should unblock your testing.
However, when the Windows 8 RTM version replaces it, and "Release Preview" is removed from the download cover page, you will need to uninstall the current version and install the Windows 8 RTM version to use the fully-supported RSAT pack. This should be another few days; I cannot give you an exact date at this time.
The last line says it all...
Note: The RSAT tools for Windows 8 RTM will only be available at General Availability… October 26th
Thanks for your patience and Sorry for the confusion. There have been some internal issues with the link. It is now fully updated with RSAT RTM.
Tempting indeed, but will first keep an eye out for RSAT Win 7 support.
As the majority of people , I'm waiting for the availability of the 2012 RSAT for Windows 7 !!
Is there anywhere documented that downlevel 2008 R2 SP1 failover cluster nodes, hyper-v roles could not be managed using RSAT 8 ?
I feel compelled to comment on this. Why has MS abandoned IT pros here. Was it ever discussed that Windows 8 on the desktop would likely be the first of the new OS's that IT pros would upgrade to......way before their servers? Now that I have upgraded my desktop to Windows 8, I cannot manage my Server 2008 and 2008 R2 environment from RSAT tools. This is incredibly short-sighted and I hope Microsoft rectifies this or we cannot justify initial purchases for out IT team. If IT cannot use/test in a meaningful way and constantly have to find work-arounds, they will not bother looking to move to Windows 8 for the rest of the organization due to admin barriers. Ignoring the enterprise space, your bread and butter, can prove detrimental to the success of this product. I found it funny reviewing other posts in this thread that many are complaining about the opposite problem, not being able to manage a Server 2012 system with tools from Windows 7. Both are an issue and offers little value to upgrading. Please fix or offer alternative tools Microsoft or we will speak with our wallet. For now, we will not be purchasing server or Win8.
Microsoft get your head out of the sand, and think about the techs that will be supporting your new platforms, backwards and forwards capability is a must. This means we need to support both Server 2008 R2 and Server 2012 within the same environment not to be forced to work with one or the other.
I agree - we must have the ability to manage 2008, 2008-R2 and 2012 server versions from both Win 7 and 8. I can manage a 2003-server from my Win7 RSAT and consider this a "natural" backward compatibility, so I would, at least, expect to be able to manage my existing 2008-servers from my newly installed Win 8 Enterprise, but I am rejected on HyperV and Failover Cluster manager, saying they can only manage the 2012 editions.
Besides that and in general, I really like Windows 8 - good job there ;)
RSAT looks great and I'm trying it on a Windows Server 2012/Win 8 deployment that's on a workgroup network and I have to say it's a huge pain. I've got 80% working but the File & Storage functionality won't seem to work due to authentication problems. What's worse is that the command line WinRM commands work remotely to get the same data so it's almost impossible to troubleshoot.
My feedback - make this work better for workgroup network deployments - it's too hard.
It seems that this Win 8 RSAT doesn't support running any of the BPA tests against non-Windows 2012 targets, or is that just something that I'm experiencing? I don't get any options for specific BPA tests, like SQL 2012, which I was specifically installing the RSAT tool for, and when I do the 'Run BPA Scan' it does something for a while and nothing ever comes back.