How to Install RSAT (Remote Server Administration Tools)


What is RSAT?

RSAT or Remote Server Administration Tools is a package of server management tools you can install on Windows 10.

Using RSAT allows you to manage servers remotely which is a good security practice!

RSAT offers a number of tools like:

  • Server Manager
  • Active Directory Users & Computers
  • The Active Directory PowerShell module
  • Group Policy Management Console
  • The Group Policy PowerShell module
  • DNS manager
  • DHCP manager
  • Etc.

How to Install RSAT?

The installation of RSAT depends on what version of Windows you’re running.

Windows 10 Version 1809 and Later

The easiest way to install RSAT on Windows 10 version 1809 and later is to use Feature on Demand (FoD).

If e.g. you want to install the Active Directory management tools and the Active Directory PowerShell module follow these steps:

  1. Start an administrative PowerShell prompt
  2. Execute the following command
Get-WindowsCapability -Name RSAT.ActiveDirectory* -Online | Add-WindowsCapability -Online

Note: The Active Directory RSAT tool is a prerequisite if you want to run Easy365Manager from Windows 10.

Easy365Manager allows you to

  • Manage email properties of users and groups in Active Directory
  • Manage Office 365 licenses and mailboxes directly in Active Directory
  • Remove on-premises Exchange

Check out the complete feature list or download the 30-day trial.

To install the Group Policy Management Console and the Group Policy PowerShell module use the following command:

Get-WindowsCapability -Name RSAT.GroupPolicy* -Online | Add-WindowsCapability -Online

For a complete list of the RSAT tools available via FOD run the following command:

PS C:\> Get-WindowsCapability -Name RSAT.* -Online | ft Name,DisplayName

Name                                                     DisplayName
----                                                     -----------
Rsat.ActiveDirectory.DS-LDS.Tools~~~~             RSAT: Active Directory Domain Services and Lightweight Directory Services Tools
Rsat.BitLocker.Recovery.Tools~~~~                 RSAT: BitLocker Drive Encryption Administration Utilities
Rsat.CertificateServices.Tools~~~~                RSAT: Active Directory Certificate Services Tools
Rsat.DHCP.Tools~~~~                               RSAT: DHCP Server Tools
Rsat.Dns.Tools~~~~                                RSAT: DNS Server Tools
Rsat.FailoverCluster.Management.Tools~~~~         RSAT: Failover Clustering Tools
Rsat.FileServices.Tools~~~~                       RSAT: File Services Tools
Rsat.GroupPolicy.Management.Tools~~~~             RSAT: Group Policy Management Tools
Rsat.IPAM.Client.Tools~~~~                        RSAT: IP Address Management (IPAM) Client
Rsat.LLDP.Tools~~~~                               RSAT: Data Center Bridging LLDP Tools
Rsat.NetworkController.Tools~~~~                  RSAT: Network Controller Management Tools
Rsat.NetworkLoadBalancing.Tools~~~~               RSAT: Network Load Balancing Tools
Rsat.RemoteAccess.Management.Tools~~~~            RSAT: Remote Access Management Tools
Rsat.RemoteDesktop.Services.Tools~~~~             RSAT: Remote Desktop Services Tools
Rsat.ServerManager.Tools~~~~                      RSAT: Server Manager
Rsat.Shielded.VM.Tools~~~~                        RSAT: Shielded VM Tools
Rsat.StorageMigrationService.Management.Tools~~~~ RSAT: Storage Migration Service Management Tools
Rsat.StorageReplica.Tools~~~~                     RSAT: Storage Replica Module for Windows PowerShell
Rsat.SystemInsights.Management.Tools~~~~          RSAT: System Insights Module for Windows PowerShell
Rsat.VolumeActivation.Tools~~~~                   RSAT: Volume Activation Tools
Rsat.WSUS.Tools~~~~                               RSAT: Windows Server Update Services Tools

If you prefer to use the GUI to install RSAT on Windows 10 this is also possible. Use the following four steps:

1. Hit the Windows button and type “features”. Then select the Apps & Features option:

Apps and Features
2. From the Apps & Features menu select Optional Features:

3. Select Add a Feature:

Apps and Features 3

4. Type RSAT and select the RSAT tool(s) you wish to install:

Apps and Features

Windows 10 Version 1709 and Earlier

To install RSAT tools on Windows 10 version 1709 and earlier you need to download and run the installer from Microsoft.

Windows 8.1

If you’re running Windows 8.1 you need to download and run the RSAT tools for Windows 8.1 installer from Microsoft.

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