How to Install Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) for Windows 10

As Microsoft is moving Windows Server closer to a GUI-less operating system is important to know how to remotely manage servers and common server applications such as Active Directory, DNS, DHCP, and so forth.

Microsoft created Remote Server Administration Tools (commonly referred to as RSAT) to enable you to do just that.

RSAT is a remote admin pack for Windows 10 [and below] that includes Server Manager, Microsoft Management Console (mmc) snap-ins, consoles, Windows PowerShell cmdlets, and command-line tools for managing roles and features that run on Windows Server 2019 and below.

The best-practices way of using RSAT for remote server administration is to open Server Manager, add your servers to the pool, and remotely manage them with the tools in the Tools menu.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves, first we need to download RSAT for Windows 10 and install it.

This is super simple!

How to Download Windows 10 RSAT

  1. To download RSAT you just need to head over to https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=45520, select your language, and click the red Download button.
    Red download button for Windows 10 RSAT on the Microsoft website.
  2. You then need to choose the correct windows version that you’re installing to, in my case it’s 64-bit Windows 10 1803, and click Next
    Download options for Windows 10 RSAT installs.

This will begin the download of the WindowsTH-RSAT_WS_1803-x64.msu file to your default download directory.

How to Install RSAT on Windows 10

  1. Now that you have your RSAT .msu file, you need to run it.
  2. A Windows Update Standalone Installer will open asking you to install KB2693643 (at the time of this writing). This is RSAT. Click Yes.
    Windows update installer prompt for installing RSAT on Windows 10.
  3. You’ll need to read the license terms and click I Accept.
    License terms that you must accept to install windows remote server admin tools on Windows 10.
  4. The install will proceed and eventually complete. You just need to click close.

How to Verify RSAT was Installed on Windows 10

  1. Open the start menu and scroll to Windows Administrative Tools and expand the folder.
    Windows 10 start menu list of icons for the remote server admin tools.

Don’t Leave Yet! Enable PSremoting

RSAT includes Windows PowerShell cmdlet modules that you can use to remotely manage roles and features on your Windows Servers. Before you can use these tools you need to enable Windows PowerShell Remote Management. To do this:

  1. Open Windows PowerShell as an Administrator.
  2. Run the command Enable-PSremoting
    Windows 10 PowerShell box ran as administrator showing the enable-psremoting command after installing RSAT.

Remote Management is enable by default on Windows Server 2019 so you only need to do this on your Windows 10 machine.

That’s it! Now you can open Server Manager on your Windows 10 workstation or virtual desktop, add some servers to the pool, and start managing them. Please note that you won’t find Server Manager in the start menu. You’ll have to access it from Control Panel -> Administrative Tools.

If you fancy yourself to be old-school, you can open the start menu and launch the various tools like Active Directory Users and Computers, DHCP, DNS, etc… from there.

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Chase Smith, CCNP

Chase Smith, CCNP is a Network Engineer III who has spent the last decade elbow deep in enterprise system administration and networking. He can usually be found trying to warm up behind the storage in the datacenter.

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