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Introduction
Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) for Windows 8.1 includes Server Manager, Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-ins, consoles, Windows PowerShell cmdlets and providers, and command-line tools for managing roles and features that run on Windows Server 2012 R2 and, in most cases, Windows Server 2012.

RSAT for Windows 8 includes Server Manager, MMC snap-ins, consoles, Windows PowerShell cmdlets and providers, and command-line tools for managing roles and features that run on Windows Server 2012. 

In limited cases, the tools can be used to manage roles and features that are running on Windows Server 2008 R2 or on Windows Server 2008. Some tools can also manage roles and features on Windows Server 2003.

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Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8.1 and Windows 8 platform and tools support matrix

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RSAT technologyRSAT descriptionManages technology on Windows Server 2003Manages technology on Windows Server 2008Manages technology on Windows Server 2012RSAT for Windows 8.1 only: Manages technology on Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview
Active Directory Certificate Services ToolsActive Directory Certificate Services Tools includes the Certification Authority, Certificate Templates, Enterprise PKI, and Online Responder Management snap-ins., except Online Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP)
Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) Tools and Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS) ToolsActive Directory Domain Services (AD DS) and Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS) Tools includes Active Directory Administrative Center; Active Directory Domains and Trusts; Active Directory Sites and Services; Active Directory Users and Computers; ADSI Edit; DCPromo.exe; LDP.exe; NetDom.exe; NTDSUtil.exe; RepAdmin.exe; Active Directory module for Windows PowerShell; DCDiag.exe; DSACLs.exe; DSAdd.exe; DSDBUtil.exe; DSMgmt.exe; DSMod.exe; DSMove.exe; DSQuery.exe; DSRm.exe; GPFixup.exe; KSetup.exe; KtPass.exe; NlTest.exe; NSLookup.exe; W32tm.exe. - Server for NIS Tools includes an extension to the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in, and the Ypclear.exe command-line tool., Windows PowerShell and ADAC remote management require the Active Directory Web Service download package., Windows PowerShell and ADAC remote management require the Active Directory Web Service download package.√, Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 does not include Server for NIS Tools.

Best Practices AnalyzerBest Practices Analyzer cmdlets for Windows PowerShellNot available; no BPA models run on WS03Can run on WS08 R2 when the Windows Management Framework 3.0 package or a later version is installed on WS08 R2. No BPA models are available for WS08.
BitLocker Drive Encryption Administration UtilitiesManage-bde, Windows PowerShell cmdlets for BitLocker, BitLocker Recovery Password Viewer for Active Directory, BitLocker Network Unlock ProviderNot availableNot available
Cluster-Aware UpdatingCluster-Aware Updating management console, Cluster-Aware Updating cmdlets for Windows PowerShellNot availableNot available
DHCP Server ToolsDHCP Server Tools includes the DHCP Management Console, the DHCP Server cmdlet module for Windows PowerShell, and the Netsh command-line tool, Windows PowerShell module does not run on WS03., Windows PowerShell module does not run on WS08 and WS08 R2.
DirectAccess, Routing and Remote AccessRouting and Remote Access management console, Connection Manager Administration Kit console, Remote Access provider for Windows PowerShellNot availableNot available
DNS Server ToolsDNS Server Tools DNS Server Tools include the DNS Manager snap-in, the DNS module for Windows PowerShell, and the Ddnscmd.exe command-line tool.
Failover Clustering ToolsFailover Clustering Tools include Failover Cluster Manager, Failover Clusters (Windows PowerShell Cmdlets), MSClus, Cluster.exeNot available, Failover Cluster Manager runs only on Windows Server 2012. The Windows PowerShell cmdlet set supports Windows Server 2012 and WS08R2. MSClus and Cluster.EXE support Windows Server 2012, WS08R2, and WS08.
File and Storage Services Tools• File Services Tools include the following: Share and Storage Management Tools; Distributed File System Tools; File Server Resource Manager Tools; Services for NFS Administration Tools; iSCSI management cmdlets for Windows PowerShell - Distributed File System Tools include the DFS Management snap-in, and the Dfsradmin.exe, Dfsrdiag.exe, Dfscmd.exe, Dfsdiag.exe, and Dfsutil.exe command-line tools.

• File Server Resource Manager tools include the File Server Resource Manager snap-in, and the Dirquota.exe, Filescrn.exe, and Storrept.exe command line tools.

• Share and Storage Management Tools include the Share and Storage Management snap-in.
Not available, iSCSI cmdlets for Windows PowerShell can be used to manage iSCSI on Windows Server 2012 only., To manage iSCSI on Windows Server 2012 by using the Windows PowerShell module included with RSAT for Windows 8.1, you must import the iSCSI cmdlet module that was included with Windows Server 2012. The Windows Server 2012 R2 module cannot be used to manage iSCSI running on Windows Server2012.
Group Policy Management ToolsGroup Policy Management Tools include Group Policy Management Console, Group Policy Management Editor, and Group Policy Starter GPO Editor.
Hyper-V ToolsHyper-V Tools include the Hyper-V Manager snap-in and the Virtual Machine Connection remote access tool.Not availableHyper-V Manager console doesn’t support managing Hyper-V servers that are running Server 2008 or Server 2008 R2.Hyper-V tools are not part of Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8. They are available as part of Windows 8. You do not have to install RSAT to use these tools. The Hyper-V Manager console for Windows Server 2012 does not support managing Hyper-V servers that are running Server 2008 or Server 2008 R2., Although you are not blocked from using Hyper-V tools in RSAT for Windows 8.1 to manage Hyper-V running on Windows Server 2012, using the Windows PowerShell cmdlet module for Hyper-V in RSAT for Windows 8.1 to manage Hyper-V running on Windows Server 2012 is not officially supported.
IP Address Management (IPAM) Management ToolsIP Address Management client consoleNot availableNot available, RSAT for Windows 8 can manage IPAM on Windows Server 2012, but RSAT for Windows 8.1 cannot be used to manage IPAM on Windows Server 2012., You cannot use IP Address Management Tools in RSAT for Windows 8.1 to manage IPAM running on Windows Server 2012.
Network Adapter Teaming, or NIC TeamingNetwork Adapter Teaming management consoleNot availableNot available
Network Load Balancing ToolsNetwork Load Balancing Tools include the Network Load Balancing Manager; Network Load Balancing Windows PowerShell cmdlets; and the NLB.exe and WLBS.exe command-line tools
Remote Desktop Services ToolsRemote Desktop Services Tools include the Remote Desktop snap-ins; RD Gateway Manager, tsgateway.msc; RD Licensing Manager, licmgr.exe; RD Licensing Diagnoser, lsdiag.msc. Server Manager should be used for administration of all other RDS role services except RD Gateway and RD Licensing.
Server ManagerServer Manager includes the Server Manager console. Remote management with Server Manager is available in Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2.Not availableAvailable for WS08 R2 and later versions, not for WS08
SMTP Server ToolsSMTP Server Tools include the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) snap-inThe tools are not available in RSAT for Windows 8.The tools are not available in RSAT for Windows 8.1.
Storage Explorer ToolsStorage Explorer Tools include the Storage Explorer snap-inNot availableThe tools are not available in RSAT for Windows 8.The tools are not available in RSAT for Windows 8.1.
Storage Manager for Storage Area Network (SAN) ToolsStorage Manager for SAN Tools include the Storage Manager for SAN snap-in and the Provisionstorage.exe command-line tool, Storage Manager for SANs is available in Windows Server 2003 R2 and later versions.The tools are not available in RSAT for Windows 8.The tools are not available in RSAT for Windows 8.1.
Volume ActivationManage Volume Activation, vmw.exeNot availableThe tool can be used to manage volume activation on remote servers that are running WS08 or on WS08 R2, but cannot run on those operating systems.
Windows System Resource Manager ToolsWindows System Resource Manager Tools include the Windows System Resource Manager snap-in, and the Wsrmc.exe command-line tool.Not availableWindows System Resource Manager was deprecated. The feature is not available on Windows Server 2012 R2, and the management tools are not part of RSAT for Windows 8.1.
Windows Server Update Services ToolsWindows Server Update Services Tools include the Windows Server Update Services snap-in, WSUS.msc.Not available

References

For more information about Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8.1 and Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8, see the following:
Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8.1 (download) (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=304145)
Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 (download) (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=28972)

Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) for Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2012, and Windows Server 2012 R2. (http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/2202.remote-server-administration-tools-rsat-for-windows-vista-windows-7-windows-8-release-preview-windows-server-2008-windows-server-2008-r2-and-windows-server-2012-dsforum2wiki.aspx)

Applies to
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 8
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