How to Install Remote Server Administration Tools in Windows 10

Managing a server in Windows 10 has never been easier

What to Know

  • Press the Windows Key; search for "manage optional features" and open the result; click Add a feature, and search for "RSAT."
  • Adding RSAT within Windows only works in Windows 10 version 1809 and above.
  • Earlier Windows 10 copies need to download the tools from Microsoft and can only control older Windows Server versions.

This article covers how to install Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) on a Windows 10 computer and includes information on versions and compatibility.

Note

Running a copy of Windows older than build 1809? You'll not only have to download the tools directly from Microsoft and can only control older versions of Windows Server, but unfortunately, in older copies of Windows 10, RSAT can only be installed in Windows 10 Professional and Windows 10 Enterprise.

How to Install RSAT in Windows 10

If you're looking to control Windows Server from within Windows 10, you'll need Microsoft's Remote Server Administration Tools. Commonly known as RSAT, these tools are a compilation of the various applications and services needed to control Windows Server.

With a copy of Windows updated since the October 2018 Update (1809), setting these tools up takes just a few seconds within Windows and can control Windows Server 2019 as well as earlier versions.

In the past, installing tools like these would require downloads from Microsoft's site. But since the October 2018 Update, you can do this from within Windows itself.

  1. Press the Windows Key, search for "manage optional features," and press Enter.

    Searching for optional features in Windows 10.
  2. At the top of the newly opened window, select Add a feature.

    Optional features window in Windows 10.
  3. In the search box, type in "RSAT" and check each tool you'd like to install, and then click Install.

    How to add optional features in Windows 10.
  4. If there's no option for RSAT, this means your Windows installation is out of date. Check what version of Windows you have to make sure you're running Windows 10 Professional or Windows 10 Enterprise.

  5. If you're running Windows 10 Professional or Windows 10 Enterprise, you can download RSAT tool on Microsoft's website. Once downloaded, open the files, and follow along with the prompts onscreen to install them.

Note

Not on build 1809 and don't have Windows 10 Professional or Enterprise? You can always update your copy of Windows and then install RSAT from within Windows. You'll have to go through Windows Update to update your copy of Windows.

Notes on RSAT Versions and Compatibility

With an up-to-date copy of Windows 10, you can both install RSAT and use them to manage Windows Server 2019 as well as previous Windows Server versions. Installing RSAT within Windows doesn't give you the option to install different versions of the tools.

However, if you download the tools from Microsoft's website, there are two primary options you'll have to choose between: WS_1803 RSAT package and WS2016 RSAT package.

If you're running Windows 10 version 1803 (the April 2018 Update) or earlier, download WS_1803 RSAT package to manage Windows Server version 1803 or 1709. If you're on 1803 but want to manage Windows Server 2016 and earlier, download WS2016 RSAT package.

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