The Remote Server Administration Tools pack for Windows 7 is available as a separate download through Microsoft's website. While these tools apply to Windows 7, they are also intended to perform administrative tasks for computers running Windows Server 2008 (including R2) and Windows Server 2003. Once installed, you will have access to the following tools:
- Active Directory Certificate Services: Includes the Certification Authority, Certificate Templates, Enterprise Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) and Online Responder Management snap-ins for MMC.
- Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS): Includes Active Directory Users and Computers, Active Directory Domains and Trusts, Active Directory Sites and Services, Active Directory Administrative Center, Server for Network Information Service (NIS) tools, Active Directory Windows PowerShell module and other snap-ins and command-line tools.
- Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS): Includes Active Directory Sites and Services, Active Directory Service Interfaces (ADSI) Edit, Schema Manager and other snap-ins and command-line tools for managing AD LDS.
- DHCP Server: Includes the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol Management Console and Netsh command-line tool.
- File Services: Includes the Distributed File System (DFS) tools, DFS Management snap-in, File Server Resource Manager (FSRM) tools, FSRM snap-in and Share and Storage Management tools and snap-ins.
- Hyper-V: Includes the Hyper-V Manager snap-in and Virtual Machine Connection remote access tool.
- Remote Desktop Services: Includes the Remote Desktop Services (RDS) Manager and snap-ins.
- Server Manager: Includes the new Server Manager console for manipulating server-specific services and roles.
The MMC Remote Server Administration Tools also have a series of tools for specific features, including BitLocker Active Directory password recovery, failover clustering, Group Policy management, network load-balancing, Simple Mail Transfer Protocol server, storage explorer and storage area network tools and the Windows System Resource Manager tools.
Solutions providers can use Microsoft Management Console to create customized Windows platform services to suit a variety of business needs for customers. When using it to configure safe storage and ensure secure computing practices, you should take the time to understand the compliance and regulatory requirements of your customers' industries. In particular, solutions providers who develop, change or implement business continuity or disaster recovery services need to make sure their customers meet any applicable compliance objectives.
This was first published in November 2009