How to install Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT)

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Brock Bingham|Updated May 17, 2021

Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) have been around since the Windows Vista days and replaced the Administrative Tools pack (Adminpak) that came before it, allowing sysadmins to manage various server roles and features directly from a desktop OS. RSAT helps alleviate the challenge of sysadmins juggling shared usage of servers to get their jobs done. These tools are provided for free by Microsoft, but keep in mind that only Pro and Enterprise level operating systems support RSAT.

While the tools themselves have been around a while, the process of installing the tools has changed in recent years, so let's break down the new way and the old way of installing RSAT features on your devices.

Installing RSAT On Windows 10 (October 2018 Update & Later)

If you're rocking the latest and greatest versions of Windows 10, then you're in luck! The newest versions of Windows 10 come with RSAT baked right into the OS. However, even though RSAT is included with the OS, they are not enabled by default. Here's how to enable your favorite RSAT features.

  • Click the Start icon to open the Start menu

  • Click the Settings icon to open the Settings menu


  • Click on Apps

  • Click Optional features

  • Click Add a feature

  • Scroll down the list of optional features until you find the RSAT features. Select whichever RSAT features you want to add, then click Install

  • After clicking Install, you will see the status of each RSAT feature being installed

  • Once the tools have finished installing, you'll be able to access them through the Start menu in the Windows Administrative Tools folder


How To Install RSAT Using PowerShell

If you consider yourself more of a power user and love all things power, like power tools and power steering, and you drink nothing but Powerade, then here's how to install RSAT features using PowerShell.

List All RSAT Features And The Installed State

Get-WindowsCapability -Name RSAT* -Online | Select-Object -Property DisplayName, State


As you can see from this screenshot, this machine already has a few RSAT features installed.

Installing RSAT Feature By Name

Add-WindowsCapability -Online -Name "Tool.Name"

Replace Tool.Name with the name of the RSAT feature you want to install.

Here is a list of all of the RSAT Tools with their proper PowerShell names.

Display Name Name
Active Directory Domain Services and Lightweight Directory Services Tools Rsat.ActiveDirectory.DS-LDS.Tools~~~~
BitLocker Drive Encryption Administration Utilities Rsat.BitLocker.Recovery.Tools~~~~
Active Directory Certificate ServicesRsat.CertificateServices.Tools~~~~
DHCP Server ToolsRsat.DHCP.Tools~~~~
DNS Server ToolsRsat.Dns.Tools~~~~
Failover Clustering ToolsRsat.FailoverCluster.Management.Tools~~~~
File Services ToolsRsat.FileServices.Tools~~~~
Group Policy Management ToolsRsat.GroupPolicy.Management.Tools~~~~
IP Address Management (IPAM) Client Rsat.IPAM.Client.Tools~~~~
Data Center Bridging LLDP ToolsRsat.LLDP.Tools~~~~
Network Controller Management Tools Rsat.NetworkController.Tools~~~~
Network Load Balancing Tools Rsat.NetworkLoadBalancing.Tools~~~~
Remote Access Management ToolsRsat.RemoteAccess.Management.Tools~~~~
Remote Desktop Services ToolsRsat.RemoteDesktop.Services.Tools~~~~
Server Manager Rsat.ServerManager.Tools~~~~
Shielded VM ToolsRsat.Shielded.VM.Tools~~~~
Storage Migration Service Management Tools Rsat.StorageMigrationService.Management.Tools~~~~
Storage Replica Module for Windows PowerShell Rsat.StorageReplica.Tools~~~~
System Insights Module for Windows PowerShell Rsat.SystemInsights.Management.Tools~~~~
Volume Activation Tools Rsat.VolumeActivation.Tools~~~~
Windows Server Update Services Tools Rsat.WSUS.Tools~~~~

For example, if you wanted to install Remote Desktop Service Tools, you would run this command:

Add-WindowsCapability -Online -Name "Rsat.RemoteDesktop.Services.Tools~~~~"

Installing All RSAT Features At Once

If you don't got no time to be installing features one at a time, then this is the command for you:

Get-WindowsCapability -Name RSAT* -Online | Add-WindowsCapability -Online

If you have the Optional features window open after running the command, you'll see each feature as it's installed.


Installing RSAT On Older Systems

If you have a severe case of Metathesiophobia and you fight change with every ounce of strength you can muster, then this section is for you. While systems running Windows 10 Oct. 2018 update and newer include RSAT features by default, older systems require you to download and install the feature pack. Microsoft has already axed the RSAT download pages for Windows Vista, 7, and 8. However, Windows 8.1 and older versions of Windows 10 are still available for download.

To install these RSAT packages, download the appropriate version for your OS, run the installer, and that's it. All features are enabled by default. If you want to disable certain features, you can select individual tools to disable by going into Control Panel > Programs > Turn Windows features on or off. In the Windows Features dialog box, expand Remote Server Administration Tools, and then expand either Role Administration Tools or Feature Administration Tools. Clear the check boxes for any tools that you want to turn off.

Wrapping Up

Remote Server Administration Tools are a great way to alleviate server usage congestion. If you've got a co-worker that never fails to log into the server just before taking a 3-hour lunch break, thus locking you out of the server, RSAT may be the solution you're looking for. That, or try switching their keyboard to the DVORAK layout when they aren't looking. That should keep them busy for a little while so you can get logged in before they do.

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Brock Bingham

Born in the '80s and raised by his NES, Brock quickly fell in love with everything tech. With over 15 years of IT experience, Brock now enjoys the life of luxury as a renowned tech blogger and receiver of many Dundie Awards. In his free time, Brock enjoys adventuring with his wife, kids, and dogs, while dreaming of retirement.

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