Windows Server Admin tools for XP
As Windows administrators, we tend to rely on administrative tools to manage our server infrastructure. If working as a systems administrator, daily tasks require many logins and that can sometimes get frustrating if you are busy either deploying a new server, or configure DNS records, managing Active Directory and Group Policy from your local PC. With your PC, your client OS (whether it be XP, Vista or 7) offers a set of Administrative Tools (RSAT), but they are all for the most part meant to help you manage your desktop system. To make life easier when managing systems, system roles or a centralized console solution such as System Center Operations Manager (SCOM), Microsoft offers many tools to help you run tools from your PC or Laptop.
To administer Windows Servers, you need tools to manage the roles and features installed on them, as well as the base OS. Using tools to manage services remotely is not new to those who have worked with Windows for years. It’s common that Systems Administrators will need to respond to problems immediately, so to jump on a wireless connection on your laptop, connect to the Internet, use a Virtual Private Network (or VPN), to encrypt your connection, and then connect to and manage it, no matter where that server may be on your network.
With Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP, the ‘admin pack’ and resource kit tools helped expand the Administrative Tools toolset, and allowed you to manage servers from your desktop. Anyone familiar with this toolset, will warm right up to the Remote Server Administration tool download. Most of the same tools have evolved into what is currently offered. You can get it free of charge from Microsoft download as long as you have an authentic copy of Windows 7, and by searching for ’Remote Server Administration tool’ at Microsoft download. One thing to note is all versions of Windows 7 will not work with this toolset. The Remote Server Administration Tools software can be used with Windows 7 Enterprise, Professional, or Ultimate editions.
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