Windows Vista SP1 Gotcha Pt. 2 – GPMC silent disappearance

From my earlier post on Vista SP1 gotchas comes this newly crashed into one:

 

You may discover that you no longer have the ability to manage those special Vista and Server 2008 only GPO’s.  Why?  The console you had previously installed, GPMC, was silently removed by SP1.  What to do?  Install RSAT and then enable the Windows Features for Group Policy Management.

related link:

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/windowsserver/grouppolicy/default.aspx

Announcing Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows Vista SP1

 

Group Policy Team Blog

Announcing Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows Vista SP1

Now available, Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) is the collection of Windows Server management tools provided to enable IT professionals to manage their Windows Server infrastructure from their computers running Windows Vista with Service Pack 1. RSAT is available as a separate download rather than as part of another product.

Install RSAT from the following locations:

· Microsoft Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows Vista with SP1 (x86): http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=9FF6E897-23CE-4A36-B7FC-D52065DE9960

Microsoft Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows Vista with SP1(x64): http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=D647A60B-63FD-4AC5-9243-BD3C497D2BC5

Availability

RSAT is available to all customers as part of supplemental Microsoft Software License Terms to Windows Vista licenses.

RSAT Questions and Answers

Q. Why is Microsoft making RSAT available?

A. Many IT professionals manage their servers from their own desktops. RSAT enables IT professionals to use the updated Windows Server 2008 management tools to manage their servers remotely from their own computers.

Q. Which operating systems does RSAT manage?

A. All RSAT tools manage Windows Server 2008 servers. Certain RSAT tools also manage servers running Windows Server 2003.

Q. Is RSAT the next version of ADMINPAK.MSI?

A. Yes. As ADMINPAK.MSI provides IT professionals the ability to remotely manage their Windows Server 2003 servers, RSAT provides updated functionality for Windows Server management from computers running Windows Vista with Service Pack 1. All RSAT tools support the management of servers running Windows Server 2008; some of these tools also support the management of servers running Windows Server 2003, and thus can be considered a replacement for ADMINPAK.MSI.

Q. Will RSAT run on the version of Windows Vista with no service packs installed?

A. No. RSAT requires Windows Vista with Service Pack 1.

Q. Will RSAT include Group Policy Management Console (GPMC) for Windows Vista with SP1?

A. Yes.

Q: Will the GPMC provided by RSAT allow me to manage Group Policy preference items from a computer running Windows Vista with SP1?

A. Yes.

Q. What tools does RSAT include?

A. RSAT includes the following tools and features:

Role Administration Tools managing Windows Server 2008 servers:

• Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS) Tools

• Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) Tools

• Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS) Tools

• DHCP Server Service Tools

• DNS Server Service Tools

• Shared Folders Tools

• Network Policy and Access Services Tools

• Terminal Services Tools

• Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration (UDDI) Services Tools

Feature Administration Tools managing Windows Server 2008 servers:

• BitLocker Drive Encryption Tools

• Failover Clustering Tools

• Group Policy Management Tools

• Network Load Balancing Tools

• SMTP Server Tools

• Storage Manager for SANs Tools

• Windows System Resource Manager Tools

The tools in the following list are fully supported managing Windows Server 2003 servers:

• Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) Tools

• Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS) Tools

• Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS) Tools

• DHCP Server Tools

• DNS Server Tools

• Group Policy Management Tools

• Network Load Balancing Tools

• Terminal Services Tools

• Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration (UDDI) Services Tools

Published Tuesday, March 25, 2008 1:36 PM by GPTeam

Filed under: Windows Vista, Group Policy, PolicyMaker, Preferences

Group Policy Team Blog : Announcing Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows Vista SP1

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One response to “Windows Vista SP1 Gotcha Pt. 2 – GPMC silent disappearance

  1. Pingback: Unintended consequences - Vista SP1 Gotcha - RDC 6.1 « Taking it Upwards with SBS - Dale aka Sisyphus’ Weblog

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