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Using Remote Server Administration Tools For Windows Server 2008 | Using RSAT

What if you want to manage our file server running Windows Server 2008 remotely from another machine?  Once we have a Remote Desktop Connection session with the remote server, we can run tools such as Server Manager or File Server Resource Manager as if we were sitting at the remote machine’s console.

In Windows Server 2003, you can also manage remote servers this way. But you can also manage them another way by installing the Windows Server 2003 Administration Tools Pack (Adminpak.msi) on a different Windows Server 2003 machine, or even on an admin workstation running Windows XP Service Pack 2. And once the Tools Pack is installed, you can open any of these tools, connect to your remote server, and manage roles and features on the server (provided the roles and features are installed).

Is there an Adminpak for Windows Server 2008? Well, there’s an equivalent called the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT), which you can use to install selected management tools on your server even when the binaries for the roles/features those tools will manage are not installed on your server. In fact, the RSAT does Adminpak one better because Adminpak installs all the administrative tools, whereas the RSAT lets you install only those tools you need. (Actually, you can just install one tool from Adminpak if you want to, though it takes a bit of work to do this-see article 314978 in the Microsoft Knowledge Base for details.)

What features or roles can you manage using the RSAT? As of Beta 3, you can install management tools for the following roles and features using the RSAT:

Roles: 
Active Directory Domain Services
Active Directory Certificate Services
Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
Active Directory Rights Management Services
DNS Server
Fax Server
File Server
Network Policy and Access Services
Print Services
Terminal Services
Web Server (IIS)
Windows Deployment Services

Features:
BitLocker Drive Encryption
BITS Server Extensions
Failover Clustering
Network Load Balancing
Simple SAN Management
SMTP Server
Windows System Resource Management (WSRM)
WINS Server

How do you install individual management tools using the RSAT? With Windows Server 2008, it’s easy-just start the Add Feature Wizard, and select the RSAT management tools you want to install, such as the Terminal Services Gateway management tool. (See Figure below. Note that installing some RSAT management tools might require that you also install additional features. For example, if you choose to install the Web Server (IIS) management tool from the RSAT, you must also install the Configuration APIs component of the Windows Process Activation Service [WPAS] feature.)


Figure: Installing a management tool using the RSAT feature
The actual steps for installing features on Windows Server 2008 in production environment  are even more.  For now, just note that when you install an RSAT subfeature such as TS Gateway, what this does is add a new shortcut under Administrative Tools called TS Gateway. Then if you click Start, then Administrative Tools, then TS Gateway, the TS Gateway Manager console opens. In the console, you can right-click on the root node, select Connect To TS Gateway Server, and manage a remote Windows Server 2008 terminal server with the TS Gateway role service installed on it without having to enable Remote Desktop on the terminal server.

Finally, the Windows Server 2003 Adminpak can be installed on a Windows XP SP2  or SP3 workstation, which lets you administer your servers from a workstation. The RSAT can be installed on a Windows Vista or Windows 7 machines so that you can manage your Windows Server 2008 machines from there.

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