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Announcing the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) for Windows Vista SP1!
Do you remember ADMINPAK.MSI? This has been a staple for many IT Admins for many years. RSAT is an update to ADMINPAK.MSI for the WS08 administration tools to run on Windows Vista with SP1 and includes the new Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) which adds functionality like search, filter, commenting, and most importantly, Group Policy Preferences. RSAT is the collection of Windows Server management tools provided to enable IT Professionals to manage their Windows Server infrastructure from their PCs running Windows Vista SP1. RSAT is available as a separate download rather than as part of another product. RSAT is available to all customers as part of a supplemental EULA to Windows Vista licenses.
 
You can install RSAT from the following locations:

·         Microsoft Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows Vista with SP1 (x86)

 
RSAT Questions and Answers 
Q.           Why is Microsoft making these tools available?
A.            Many IT professionals manage their servers from their own desktops. RSAT enables IT professionals to use the updated Windows Server 2008 management tools to manage their servers remotely from their own PCs.
 
Q.           Which operating systems does RSAT manage?
A.            All RSAT tools manage Windows Server 2008 servers. Certain RSAT tools also manage servers running Windows Server 2003.
 
Q.           Is RSAT the next version of ADMINPAK.MSI?
A.           Yes. As ADMINPAK.MSI provides IT professionals the ability to remotely manage their Windows Server 2003 servers, RSAT provides updated functionality for Windows Server management from PCs running Windows Vista with Service Pack 1. All tools within RSAT support the management of servers running Windows Server 2008; some of these tools also support the management of servers running Windows Server 2003, and thus can be considered a replacement for ADMINPAK.MSI.
 
Q.           Will RSAT run on the version of Windows Vista with no service packs installed?
A.            No.  RSAT requires Windows Vista with Service Pack 1.
 
Q.           Will RSAT include a Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) for Windows Vista with SP1?
A.            Yes.
 
Q:           Will the GPMC provided by RSAT allow me to manage Group Policy preference items from a computer running Windows Vista with SP1?
A.            Yes.
 
Q.           What tools does RSAT include?
A.            RSAT includes the following tools and features:
 
Role Administration Tools:
            Active Directory Certificate Services 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
            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
            Windows System Resource Manager Tools
 
The following list of tools are also fully supported managing Windows Server 2003 servers:
•             Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) Tools
•             Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS) Tools
•             Active Directory Certification Authority Tools
•             DHCP Server Tools
•             DNS Server Tools
•             Terminal Services Tools
•             Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration (UDDI) Services Tools
•             Group Policy Management Tools
•             Network Load Balancing Tools  

Eric Rezabek