Installing RSAT

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Introduction

To administer Active Directory (AD) from Windows, use the Microsoft Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT). The tools are available for all platforms, Microsoft actively supports.



Download

In Windows Server operating systems, the Microsoft Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) are included.



Installation

Windows 8 and later

  • Start the downloaded installer and follow the instructions. All features are installed automatically.


Windows Vista and 7

  • Start the downloaded installer and follow the instructions.
  • Click Start, enter Programs and Features into the search field and start the application.
  • Select the features to install:
The following are the recommended features to administer a Samba Active Directory installation:
Feature Description
Group Policy Management Tools Provides the Group Policy MMC Snap-ins: Management Tool, Management Editor and Starter GPO Editor.
Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell Optional. Enables Active Directory (AD) PowerShell cmdlets.
AD DS Tools Provides the Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC) and Active Directory Sites and Services MMC Snap-in.
Server for NIS Tools Adds the UNIX Attributes tab to ADUC objects properties. It enables you to configure RFC2307 attributes.
DNS Server tools DNS MMC Snap-in for remote DNS management.
Remote Desktop Services Tool Optional. Adds the Remote Desktop Services Profile tab to the ADUC user object's properties and installs the RDP server administration MMC Snap-in. Install this feature to configure remote desktop protocol (RDP) settings in ADUC.
  • Click OK to install the features.

You can find the installed tools in the Administrative tools menu in your start menu. Alternatively, add the Snap-ins in the MMC using the File / Add/Remove Snap-in menu.


Windows Server

  • Start the Server Manager.
  • On Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2, and 2016:
  • Click Add roles and features.
  • Select Role-based or feature-based installation.
  • Select the host on which to install the features.
  • Click Next on the Roles page.
  • On Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2:
  • Select Features in the navigation tree and click Add Features.
  • Select the features to install:
The following are the recommended features to administer a Samba Active Directory installation:
Feature Description
Group Policy Management Provides the Group Policy MMC Snap-ins: Management Tool, Management Editor and Starter GPO Editor.
AD DS Snap-Ins and Command-Line Tools Optional. Provides the Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC) and Active Directory Sites and Services MMC Snap-in.
Server for NIS Tools Adds the UNIX Attributes tab to ADUC objects properties. It enables you to configure RFC2307 attributes.
This feature is not supported in Windows Server 2016. For details, see Missing "Unix Attributes" tab in ADUC on Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016.
Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell Enables Active Directory (AD) PowerShell cmdlets.
DNS Server tools DNS MMC Snap-in for remote DNS management.



Enabling the "Advanced Features"

Many Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) provide additional features and options after enabling the Advanced Features option. To activate:

  • Select the root of the navigation tree on the left side.
  • Open the View menu.
  • Select Advanced Features.
ADUC enabling Advanced Features.png



Missing "Unix Attributes" tab in ADUC on Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016

Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016 do not support the Server for NIS Tools option. Without this feature, the Active Directory User and Computer (ADUC) console does not show the Unix Attributes tab on user and group objects. To work around this problem, set the attributes in Active Directory (AD) manually or use a different Windows operating system.

To manually set the attributes, use the Attributes tab on user and group object's properties. Note that this tab is only visible if you have enabled the advanced features in ADUC. For further details, see Enabling the "Advanced Features".

The fields from the Unix Attributes tab are mapped to the following AD attributes of the object:

  • Users:
Field on the "Unix Attributes" tab Active Directory attribute
NIS Domain msSFU30NisDomain
UID uidNumber
Logon Shell loginShell
Home Directory unixHomeDirectory
Primary group name/GID primaryGroupID
  • Groups:
Field on the "Unix Attributes" tab Active Directory attribute
NIS Domain msSFU30NisDomain
GID (Group ID) gidNumber

Note that setting user IDs (UID) and group IDs (GID) manually, you have to manually track of the last used UID and GID numbers.



Reporting Problems and Incompatibilities

To report problems or incompatibilities when using the Microsoft Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT), see Bug Reporting.