RSAT Tols on Windows 7 to Administer Domain Controller Server 2016

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    richatct
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    We are running Domain Controllers at Server 2012 R2 (Domain is also at that level).  We Use RSAT tools installed on our Windows 7 computers (don’t laugh) to administer the domain controller functions (GPO’s, AD Users/Computers, DHCP, DNS, etc).

    I am looking at documentation online from Microsoft and they keep stating that to administer Server 2016 DC’s (which we want to upgrade to), you need the RSAT Tools for Windows 10.  Those tools of course do not install on Windows 7.

    My question is, the RSAT tools we have installed on Windows 7 that we use with Server 2012 R2  – those will not administer Server 2016 DC’s?  So we will have to upgrade our PC’s to Windows 10 first, and then use the RSAT for win 10?

    I can’t directly find anything that states “No, you cannot use RSAT tools on Windows 7 to administer Server 2016 DC’s”.

    Blood
    Blood
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    If they won’t install on Win7 how about using remote desktop?

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    richatct
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    Trying to avoid RDP’ing to servers as there are many admins.  It is not a question if the win 10 version will install on win 7.  It is a question if the older win 7 client will work with adminning server 2016 DC’s.

     

    Blood
    Blood
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    Could you install a demo copy of w2016 on a spare machine and test?

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    richatct
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    Ya, about to test that.  Wanted to see if anyone had past experience before hand.

     

    JeremyW
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    Hi Richatct

    Going through and testing it out might not be worth it. Windows 7 will be out of support in less than a year so I strongly suggest upgrading to Windows 10:

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsforbusiness/end-of-windows-7-support

    Jeremy

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    richatct
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    Probably a good idea.  Thanks.

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    wullieb1
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    I believe the RSAT tools will manage all server OS’s regardless of the client OS. You just need to make sure you have the correct RSAT installer for the OS version.

    https://support.microsoft.com/en-au/help/2693643/remote-server-administration-tools-rsat-for-windows-operating-systems

    Download

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=7887

    Russell Smith
    Russell Smith
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    RSAT for Windows 7 officially supports Windows Server 2008 R2 with SP1 and Windows Server 2008 R2. That’s not to say the tools won’t work against Windows Server 2016 but it may be that some features are missing or that you may run into issues using some of the tools. It’s best practice to use RSAT for Windows 10 to manage Windows Server 2016. Remote Desktop to DCs for daily administrative tasks is never a good idea.

    Even if you don’t plan to upgrade all devices to Windows 10 right now, you should at least consider upgrading devices that are used for server administration so you have the right tools and the most secure platform available. RSAT is now a built-in Feature-On-Demand in Windows 10 so you don’t need to download the tools.

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