Windows 8 CP/Beta RSAT

For those of you testing Windows 8 CP and Windows 8 Beta, you will need to install the RSAT tools to leverage the new Server Manager as well as the updated GUI based tools.

You can download the RSAT here:

These are similar to the Win7 RSAT except that instead of all the tools being disabled by default (turning windows feature on or off) in  the RSAT for Win8 CP/Beta, tools are once again all enabled by default (like in XP/2003). You can open Turn Windows on or off to disable tools that you don’t want to use.  In RSAT for Win8, GUI-based tools are accessed from within the Server Manager console, on the Tools menu.

ImportantImportant !!

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 Consumer Preview should not be installed on a computer that is running administration tools packs for Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003 or Windows 2000 Server®. Remove all older versions of Administration Tools Pack or Remote Server Administration Tools—including earlier prerelease versions, and releases of the tools for different languages or locales—from the computer before you install Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

Some System Requirements for Servers to be managed:

To use this release of Server Manager to access and manage remote servers that are running Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2, you must install the Windows Management Framework Targeted Release (WTR) package on those servers. Server Manager in Windows Server “8” Beta or Windows 8 Consumer Preview cannot manage down-level Windows operating systems until updated Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) providers are installed on those systems. For more information, see Windows Management Framework 3.0 on the Microsoft Download Center.

Windows PowerShell and Server Manager remote management must be enabled on remote servers to manage them by using tools that are part of Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 Consumer Preview. Remote management is enabled by default on servers that are running Windows Server “8” Beta. For more information about how to enable remote management, see Manage multiple, remote servers with Server Manager.

Additional Notes:

If running the tools from Windows 8 CP/Beta, you will notice the inability to launch as a different user from the start screen. This is a definite problem if you are in an organization the abides to good security standards and enforces a different account be used to access server resources than that of your desktop.


However, don’t give up hope, you can still create a shortcut on the desktop and then launch as a different user form the options menu by holding the shift key while right clicking the shortcut (just like in Windows 7). Hopefully this will be fixed in the production ready release.


Hope you enjoy the new single pane of glass as much as I do.


Jason Condo, MCITP
Principal Consultant, Systems Management and Operations