Windows Server 2012 can be managed using the local Server Manager tool, or remotely using a Remote Desktop Connection. But a third and preferable option for managing Windows Server is to download the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) for Windows 8 and manage all your servers from a dedicated workstation. Not only does RSAT include the GUI management tools found in Windows Server 2012, but it also includes the PowerShell cmdlets for Windows Server management. In addition, RSAT provides administrators with an easy way to manage Server Core.
Both 64-bit and 32-bit versions of RSAT for Windows 8 are available to download. By default, remote management is enabled on Windows Server 2012. In Windows Server 2008 R2, remote management can be toggled on and off in Server Manager.
While RSAT is primarily intended for managing Windows Server 2012 from a Windows 8 workstation, some of the tools are compatible with earlier releases of Windows Server. If you intend to manage Windows Server 2008 R2 with RSAT for Windows 8, you will need to install the following components on the server(s) you want to manage:
Once RSAT is installed on the computer you want to use as a management workstation, you need to add remote servers to Server Manager: