RSAT Tools in Windows 10 Explained: Plus How to Install RSAT

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Introduction

Starting from October 2018 (1809) update, RSAT Tools became part of Windows 10. From this version of Windows 10, you can install an RSAT Tool as a “Windows optional feature”.

This guide shows how to list all available RSAT tools in Windows 10. It also covers the commonly used tools and how to install them.

How to List All RSAT Tools in Windows 10

You can list all available RSAT tools in Windows 10 with Manage optional features, DISM or Powershell. But the most efficient way to list RSAT tools is via command prompt.

In this section I will demo how to list RSAT tools with DISM and PowerShell

We can run cmd and PowerShell commands from a PowerShell command prompt. So, we will be using PowerShell instead of cmd command prompt for the demo below.

To list all Remote Server Administration Tools with DISM and PowerShell command, follow the steps below:

  • Search powershell. Then right-click Windows PowerShell and select Run as administrator. If you receive User Account Control confirmation, click Yes.
How to List All RSAT Tools in Windows 10
  • At the PowerShell command prompt, type this command. Then press enter.
DISM.exe /Online /Get-Capabilities | find --% "Rsat"
The way powershell handles “Find” command is different from cmd. For the above command to work, you must include –%. If you run the above command in cmd, DO NOT include –%.

The command will display all the RSAT tools…

RSAT tools
  • The PowerShell command below will return the same results…
Get-WindowsCapability -Online | Where-Object {$_.Name -like "RSAT*"}

But it provides additional information. It displays the install state of each tool.

RSAT tools

Common Windows 10 RSAT Tools

The table below lists the RSAT Tools available in Windows 10.

S/NFull NameShort NameDescription
1Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) Tools and Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS) ToolsRsat.ActiveDirectory.DS-LDS.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0Installs a list of tools to manage Active Directory Domain Services.
2BitLocker Drive Encryption Administration UtilitiesRsat.BitLocker.Recovery.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0Installs the following tools: Manage-bde, Windows PowerShell cmdlets for BitLocker, BitLocker Recovery Password Viewer for Active Directory
3Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS) ToolsRsat.CertificateServices.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0AD CS Tools includes: the Certification Authority, Certificate Templates, Enterprise PKI, and Online Responder Management snap-ins.
4DHCP Server ToolsRsat.DHCP.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0DHCP Server Tools includes the DHCP Management Console, PowerShell Module for DHCP Server, and the Netsh command line tool.
5DNS Server ToolsRsat.Dns.Tools~~~~0.0.1.Includes: DNS Manager snap-in, DNS PowerShell Modules and Ddnscmd.exe command line tool
6Failover Clustering ToolsRsat.FailoverCluster.Management.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0Failover Cluster Manager, Windows PowerShell cmdlets for managing Windows Clusters, MSClus, Cluster.exe, Cluster-Aware Updating management console, Cluster-Aware Updating cmdlets for Windows PowerShell
7File Services ToolsRsat.FileServices.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0Installs the following tools: Share and Storage Management Tools, Distributed File System Tools, File Server Resource Manager Tools.
8Group Policy Management ToolsRsat.GroupPolicy.Management.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0Tools installed include: Group Policy Management Console, Group Policy Management Editor, and Group Policy Starter GPO Editor.
9Server ManagerRsat.ServerManager.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0Installs Server Manager console
10Windows Server Update Services ToolsRsat.WSUS.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0Installed Tools: Windows Server Update Services snap-in, WSUS.msc, and PowerShell cmdlets.

I have listed the commonly used RSAT tools in Windows 10 above. For a full list of all available RSAT Tools, visit this link – RSAT for Windows 10 Platform and Tools Support Matrix. Scroll down to the More Information section of the page.

How to Install RSAT Tools in Windows 10

We have a detailed guide – How to Install RSAT in Windows 10 (3 Methods). For the detailed steps to install RSAT Tools in Windows 10, click the link above.

Conclusion

As a Windows Systems Administrator, it is important that the best practice is to avoid logging on directly to servers to administer them.

Installing RSAT tools in Windows 10 offers you the tools you need to manage your servers right from Windows 10.

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