Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 Beta released!

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 Beta released!

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Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 Beta is now available on the Microsoft Download Center.  Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 enables IT pros 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 is the next generation of the Admin Pack, aka Windows Server 2003 Administrative Tools Pack and Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows Vista with Service Pack 1 (SP1).

Don’t forget, you’ll have to take all the old Admin Tools packs off your computer before you unleash Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 on it. And please, don’t try to run multiple copies of Remote Server Administration Tools on your computer, even if the copies are in different languages.

What’s included in this release? Read on, gentle user…

Server Administration Tools:

  • Server Manager (thaaaat’s right! You can use Server Manager to manage Windows Server 2008 R2 computers from a computer that’s running Windows 7. You’re welcome.)

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 Tools
  • DNS Server Tools
  • File Services Tools
  • Hyper-V Tools
  • Remote Desktop Services Tools

Feature Administration Tools:

  • BitLocker AD Password Recovery Viewer
  • Failover Clustering Tools
  • Group Policy Management Tools
  • Network Load Balancing Tools
  • SMTP Server Tools
  • Storage Explorer Tools
  • Storage Manager for SANs Tools
  • Windows System Resource Manager Tools
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