Weekend Scripter: Install Free PowerShell Remote Server Admin Tools
Summary : Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, talks about installing the free Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows PowerShell 3.0 in Windows 8.
Microsoft Scripting Guy, Ed Wilson, is here. This morning is an awesome morning. Our friends from Hamburg, Germany have been hanging out all weekend, and it has been a blast. We have spent a bit of time talking about Windows PowerShell training and some of the challenges related to that. We have also shared a love for tea. Yep. It has been a great weekend. Not only that, but the weather also cooperated—it has been sunny and not too humid.
One of the first things I do when I build a new computer running Windows 8, is install the Windows 8 Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) tools. After I do this, I gain access to many new and useful cmdlets that make it easy to administer everything from Active Directory Domain Services to Windows Software Update Services.
Getting the Windows 8 RSAT tools
For a free download of the tools, see Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 on the Microsoft Download Center. There are two versions available on the download page: a 32-bit version and a 64-bit version. Finding the actual download is pretty easy—I click the big red Download button that is shown in the following image.
I can install the RSAT tools for Windows 8 on computers running Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro. I cannot install them on my Windows Surface RT, but I can install them on my Windows Surface Pro.
The first thing I need to know is if my computer x86 or is it x64. The way that I usually find this out is to query an environmental variable as shown here:
PS C:\Users\ed.IAMMRED> $env:PROCESSOR_ARCHITECTURE
Before I install the RSAT tools on my computer, I use the following script to to see how many cmdlets and functions are currently on my computer— I have 989.
PS C:\Users\ed.IAMMRED> gcm -CommandType cmdlet, function | measure
Count : 989
So I click the big red Download button to select my appropriate package.
Now, I have a choice. I can download the package and install it offline. Or if I choose Run, the file spools to a Temp folder, and it performs the installation from there. This works great if I have good Internet bandwidth, and if I do not anticipate needing to perform the installation again anytime soon. I will open the file, and after a quick security scan...(read more)