Install Remote Server Administration (RSAT) Tools for Windows 11 or 10

Microsoft offers Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT), which is a suite of different tools, that help the Administrators to remotely manage the Windows Server roles and features using any system running with Windows 11 or 10. However, to install the RSAT tools on the locally running machine, the Windows OS must be Professional or Enterprise edition because RSAT is not available to run on Home or Standard editions of Windows.

RSAT suite includes various tools for managing different Windows server components such as Active Directory, Group Policy Management, DHCP server, DNS server, and many others.

Key tools of RSAT:

Well, there are more than 20 tools available to install under RSAT, here are some popular and important ones:

  • Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC)” which is used for managing users and other groups of an AD environment.
  • Group Policy Management” for managing Group Policy Objects (GPOs) across multiple DCs.
  • DHCP Management” for IP addresses.
  • DNS Management” for Domains.
  • Server Manager” to manage or deploy the roles and features installed on servers.

Installation of RSAT Tools on Windows 11 or 10:

#Getting RSAT on Windows Using Graphical User Interface:

Those who don’t want to use the command prompt or Powershell can use the graphical user interface of Windows to install RSAT tools. Here are the steps to follow:

Step 1: Open Windows Settings

On your Windows system 11 or 10, open “Settings“. For that, you can either go to the Start menu and search for it or simply use the keyboard shortcut i.e. Win key + I.

Step 2: Access Optional features

On the Settings window, click in the “Search box” and type “Optional features“, you will have the option regarding this feature, click to open it further. Alternatively, we can click on the “system” to select “Optional features” given on the left side panel.

Access Optional Features of WIndows 11 or 10

Step 3: Add Features

On the screen at the top, you will have the “Add an optional feature” menu, click on the “View Featrures” button to search for the available features to add on Windows 11 or 10.

Add new features

Step 4: Installing RSAT Tools on Windows 11 or 10

Now, in the search box type- RSAT, and you will see the list of around 21 tools for installation, it includes – AD services, Bit locker, DHCP Server Tools, Services Tools, IPAM client, Server Manager, Volume Activation, and more…

Select and install RSAT tools on Windows 11 or 10

For example, if we want to install “Active Directory Domain Services and Lightweight Directory Services Tools” on Windows, just select the box given for that and click on the “Next” and the “Install” buttons. Once the configuration is completed, the system will notify you about that.

Active directory tool installation
lightweight directory services tools

 #2nd way to install RSAT on Windows is using PowerShell or CMD

Step 1: Open Command Terminal

Those who are advanced users and prefer the command line for installing applications and performing other tasks can use the CMD or PowerShell to get RSAT tools on Windows 11 or 10. So, run the CMD or PW as an administrator.

Step 2: List available RSAT Tools

Well, before installing any tool we must know what are the available ones. Hence, to get that, here is the command that will display the RSAT tools with their names, display names, and the current state of them whether they are installed or not.

Get-WindowsCapability -Name RSAT* -Online | Select-Object -Property Name, state, DisplayName
Command for lisiting available RSAT Tools

Step 3: Use CMD or PowerShell to install RSAT tools

Now, we have the list of tools available for our Windows 11 or 10 system to install, so to get any of them, use the given syntax:

Add-WindowsCapability -Online -Name <Name of the tool>

For example, to install a specific RSAT tool, copy the name of the tool you want to install and then replace it with <Name of the tool> in the above-given command:

Add-WindowsCapability -Online -Name Rsat.ActiveDirectory.DS-LDS.Tools~~~~

Step 4: Installing all RSAT tools at once (optional)

If you do not want to install any specific tool instead all the available ones with just one command then here is the one to follow:

Get-WindowsCapability -Name RSAT* -Online | Add-WindowsCapability -Online


For those who want to remove any available feature, they need to open the Windows Settings -> System -> Optional Features-> View Features and select the one already installed to remove it. Whereas, those who want to use the Command, then here is the syntax to follow:

Remove-WindowsCapability -Online -Name <Name of the tool>


So, in this tutorial, we have learned both GUI and CLI ways to activate the available Remote Server Administration Tools which are essential for managing Windows Server environments, especially in IT administration. If you are facing any problem in following the above command then the comment section is yours…

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