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How can I run the Windows Server 2003 SP1 Adminpak.msi on Windows Vista RTM?

Installing the Adminpak.msi will install all of the management tools that are needed to administer Windows 2000, Windows XP Pro and Windows Server 2003 computers and network. Adminpak.msi has a few versions, and the latest one is for Windows Server 2003 SP1. Read more about Adminpak.msi on the Download Windows 2000 Adminpak.msi, Download Windows 2003 SP1 Adminpak.msi, Download Windows 2003 R2 Adminpak.msi and Extract Specific Tools from Adminpak.msi articles.

However, right now there is still no Adminpak.msi for Windows codenamed Longhorn Server available, and beta versions of Vista prevented you from installing the Windows Server 2003 Adminpak.msi on them. As Windows Vista is released to manufacturers (RTM) and to the public during the beginning of January 2007, the lack of the right Adminpak.msi will cause system administrators to have to continue running Windows XP SP2 workstations in order to allow them to control and administer their networks.

Although I am 100% positive that Microsoft will come up with a solution pretty quickly, for now, if you want to use the Windows Server 2003 SP1 Adminpak.msi on your Windows Vista computer, you will need to do the following:

  1. Install the Windows Server 2003 SP1 Adminpak.msi on Vista RTM.
  2. Once it is installed you will need to register the DLLs needed for the various snap-ins manually from an elevated command prompt. Copy the following text and paste it into a CMD file (something like adminpak_vista.cmd):

Further Reading

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Links

Download Adminpak.msi – Windows Server 2003 Administration Tools Pack (12.5mb)

Error message when you install the Windows Server 2003 management tools on a Windows Vista-based computer: “MMC could not create the snap-in” – 930056

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