Microsoft will not be releasing Remote Server Admin Tools (RSAT) for Windows 10 Redstone 2

Every time Microsoft releases a version of Windows 10 they also release a new version of the Remote Server Admin Tools. These tools are of course very important for any Group Policy Administrator as they contain the latest version of the Group Policy Management Console (GPMC). However, with this release of Windows 10 history is going to change.

This time, Microsoft is NOT going to be releasing a new version of the Remote Server Admin Tools (RSAT) with Windows 10 1703. That’s right, there will be NO RSAT for Windows 10 Redstone 2.

This may leave you wondering, how you are going to use Windows 10 if none of the RSAT tools can be installed in the OS. Well luckily there is an answer and all you need to do is download and re-install the Windows 10 1607 RSAT tools instead to get the admin tools back. Note, I said re-install as there is now an issues that removes the RSAT tools when you do an in place upgrade of the OS from 1607 to 1703. Microsoft has confirmed this is a problem and are working on fixing it however in the mean time you will need to re-installed the Tool Pack if you upgrade. Otherwise if its a clean install you can just install the old 1607 RSAT tools fresh.

So if you do need to use one of the RSAT tools on your Windows 10 computer you can still can download it from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=45520

9 Comments

    • Agreed! No only does the 1703 update take a couple of hours to complete on a fast machine, as an admin they’re then left with a broken tool to do your job. Very poor!

  1. Keeps removing RSAT since i got windows 10 with every update. Hasnt Win 10 been out 2 years now? Really getting iratating! Microsoft sells products that need admins to administer the product, but they dont support the admins. Typical big comany dont give a crap syndrome!

  2. This doesn’t make sense to have to install an older build version of RSAT that works because the new 1703 build doesn’t use it anymore? The question is how far down the road of multiple new builds will these tools be obsolete? Eventually, MS is going to retract this nonsense and let the tools be updated and used with the newer builds…at least that’s what I’m hoping for.

    As for the comment about an upgrade taking 2 hours on a fast machine? I just upgraded today on a fast machine, from 1607 to 1703 and it took just 25 min. so your mileage will vary I guess depending on what you have installed/configured on your computer.

  3. Maybe I’m missing something here, I’ve never paid particular attention to the changes from one RSAT to another. I just install and use them. What kind of features would you be looking for in a new RSAT?

    Thanks

    Ron

  4. If they had no plans to create a new RSAT version then why did they still uninstall the version of RSAT that they are telling me I now have to reinstall if I need to use RSAT?!

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