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Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) for Windows 8.1

By Garth Jones

I don’t need to tell you that Configuration Manager administrators wear many hats and perform several tasks. One of those tasks is managing users and computers in Active Directory (AD). When I needed to perform this task, I noticed that Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) were not installed on my Windows 8.1 x64 PC, so this blog post will show you how I set-up RSAT. Hopefully, these steps will save you some time if you encounter a similar situation.

First, download RSAT 8.1 from Microsoft’s site to your source folder. http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=39296

RSAT-Create Package

Under Software Library, select Packages and then right click on Create Package.

RSAT-Package Details

Fill in the details for RSAT and click Next.

RSAT-Program Type

Select Standard program, and then click Next.

RSAT-Standard Program

Fill in the program Name and Command line. Select the Allow users to view and interact with the program installation check box, and then click Next.

RSAT-Requirements

Since this version of RSAT is only for Windows 8.1 x64, select the All Windows 8.1 (64-bit) option and also set the Estimated disk space to 70 MB and the run time to 20 minutes.

RSAT-Summary

Click Next.

RSAT-Completion

Click Close.

Treat this as you would any other deployment by distributing the content and deploying the advertisement to the appropriate collection. I would normally make this an Available Advertisement, so that I can pick and choose which PCs it will get installed on.