Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8.1

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8.1 are meant for system and IT administrators. They allow admins to set and manage roles as well as the features that are installed on a Windows Server 2012 R2 computer, from a Windows 8.1 Pro or Windows 8.1 Enterprise remote computer.

Remote Server Administration Tools

RSAT or Remote Server Administration Tools includes the following:

  1. Server Manager
  2. Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-ins and consoles
  3. Windows PowerShell cmdlets and providers
  4. Command-line tools for managing roles and features
  5. IP Address Management console
  6. Hyper-V tools

And additional function of these tools is that they can also help, in certain case, administrators manage roles and features on Windows Server 2008 R2 systems as well as Windows Server 2003.

Install Group Policy and Active Directory tools on Windows 8

You can also use the Remote Server Administration Tools to install Group Policy and Active Directory tools on Windows 8, that can help you manage domain-based group policies and AD accounts.

Remote Server Administration Tools
Once you have installed RSAT, you may be required to open your Control Panel > Turn Windows features on or off and enable Remote Server Administration tools or simply Group Policy Management Tools, as the case may be. Now do the same for Remote Server Administration Tools by checking it – or simply check Active Directory. Click OK and wait for Windows to make the changes.

You can read more about it on TechNet and download it from the Microsoft Download Center.

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