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 without using on-premise Exchange.

With Easy365Manager you can also manage Office 365 licenses and mailboxes directly in AD Users and Computers.

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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