The Remote Server Administration Tools, known as RSAT, from Microsoft allow you to install advanced programs on Windows desktop operating systems that are normally only found on Windows Server. These tools enable remote administration of Windows Servers from Windows desktops (duh, but CoolGeeks has a word-count per post quota…).
Most notably, these tools enable remote administration of an Active Directory domain, whether it is built on Windows Servers or Samba 4 AD.
RSAT can be downloaded from this address
Scroll down to find the download link for your operating system. This guide is using Windows 8.1 Update 1
Yep, you read that correctly, we use Windows 8.1 with Update 1 as the standard operating system for in-house CoolGeeks network. Read about why it was the best Windows ever that you never knew
The link takes you to another page with this awesome red button
We select the x64, not just because CoolGeeks is 1337, but because we cannot remember the last time we used a 32-bit operating system
Look at this while you download. Would you like to know more?
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After the install completes, you need to find the tools. Let us start with Control Panel, which for some reason, has this difficult-to-comprehend list of categories. Thanks Microsoft but CoolGeeks would like to just see the “Small icons” view
The RSAT icons are placed in the “Administrative Tools” subfolder
We get a lot of new capabilities with RSAT
Look at that big ‘ol list of RSAT icons
Let us copy all of the RSAT icons to our desktop, because, well, we are messy like that
Thumbs up for icons!
Let take a look at probably the most useful RSAT tool – Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC)
Here we can access most of the routine administrative tasks needed to manage an AD domain. A lot of RSAT tools also work on an AD domain using Samba 4 Domain Controllers.
I see Users, Groups, and Folders, oh my!
With Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) installed, you can manage most of the Active Directory domain settings normally only accessible from a login directly on an AD Domain Controller.
To connect even more computers, how about joining a Linux client to the AD domain