In this post we will see how to install RSAT on Windows 11. Remote Server administration Tools gives us the flexibility to administer and access tools which are part of Windows Server. There are multiple ways for installing the RSAT, we will cover all different ways to install it.

Remote Server Administration Tools – Purpose

These are the tools to access and manage Server tools remotely such as Active Directory users and Computers, Group Policy Management Editor and so many other tools on Windows 11.

List of RSAT tools Windows 11 Components

Let’s see the list of RSAT tools available for Windows 11. This can be found using PowerShell Command:


Get-WindowsCapability -Name Rsat* -Online | Select -Property DisplayName
Get-WindowsCapability -Name Rsat* -Online

Following are the RSAT Tools available

RSAT: Active Directory Domain Services and Lightweight Directory Services Tools
RSAT: PowerShell module for Azure Stack HCI
RSAT: BitLocker Drive Encryption Administration Utilities
RSAT: Active Directory Certificate Services Tools
RSAT: DHCP Server Tools
RSAT: DNS Server Tools
RSAT: Failover Clustering Tools
RSAT: File Services Tools
RSAT: Group Policy Management Tools
RSAT: IP Address Management (IPAM) Client
RSAT: Data Center Bridging LLDP Tools
RSAT: Network Controller Management Tools
RSAT: Network Load Balancing Tools
RSAT: Remote Access Management Tools
RSAT: Remote Desktop Services Tools
RSAT: Server Manager
RSAT: Storage Migration Service Management Tools
RSAT: Storage Replica Module for Windows PowerShell
RSAT: System Insights Module for Windows PowerShell
RSAT: Volume Activation Tools
RSAT: Windows Server Update Services Tools

How to install RSAT Tools

Lets see different ways of installing Remote Server Administration Tools. This can be done through multiple ways.

Install RSAT Tools using optional feature

On Windows 11 workstation, click on Start menu and type Add an optional feature (you may also use Start menu > Settings > Apps > Optional features)

Optional features

Click on View Features right beside Add on optional feature.

Add an optional feature

Search for RSAT which will display list of all available RSAT tools, select the require tools let’s say RSAT: Active Directory Domain Services and Lightweight Directory Services Tools to install it.

Add an optional feature

Binaries will be downloaded from internet.

Install RSAT using PowerShell

We will now use another way, to install RSAT tools using PowerShell command. We can run the command to see the current status of RSAT Tools:

Get-WindowsCapability -Name Rsat* -Online | Select -Property name,DisplayName,state

To get list of all RSAT tools name:

Rsat.ActiveDirectory.DS-LDS.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0
Rsat.AzureStack.HCI.Management.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0
Rsat.BitLocker.Recovery.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0
Rsat.CertificateServices.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0
Rsat.DHCP.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0
Rsat.Dns.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0
Rsat.FailoverCluster.Management.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0
Rsat.FileServices.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0
Rsat.GroupPolicy.Management.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0
Rsat.IPAM.Client.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0
Rsat.LLDP.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0
Rsat.NetworkController.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0
Rsat.NetworkLoadBalancing.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0
Rsat.RemoteAccess.Management.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0
Rsat.RemoteDesktop.Services.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0
Rsat.ServerManager.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0
Rsat.StorageMigrationService.Management.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0
Rsat.StorageReplica.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0
Rsat.SystemInsights.Management.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0
Rsat.VolumeActivation.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0
Rsat.WSUS.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0

Let’s install the first tools ie. Rsat.ActiveDirectory.DS-LDS.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0, run the following command:

Add-WindowsCapability -Name Rsat.ActiveDirectory.DS-LDS.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0 -Online
Add-WindowsCapability -Name

Once again, the binaries will be downloaded from internet, online doesn’t actually mean that it is connecting to internet, but rather we are making changes into online and active operating System.

Note: if you don’t have internet connection or your device is using SCCM / WSUS to download the updates, you might see the error Add-WindowsCapability failed. Error code = 0x8024402c

If that is the case (with error 0x8024402c), you can use Feature on Demand ISO to be used as source to install RSAT tools. Run the following command in that scenario providing the source location of FOD ISO:

Add-WindowsCapability -Name Rsat.ActiveDirectory.DS-LDS.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0 -LimitAccess -Online -Source D:

Make sure to provide a valid source to avoid 0x800f081f error.

Install RSAT using Command line

Another way to install RSAT tools is to use command line which is quite similar to installing RSAT using PowerShell. We will be using dism (Deployment Image Servicing and Management tool) which is inbuilt into the system, the version used is 10.0.22000.1

Use following command to check the state of Tool present or not:

dism /online /get-capabilityinfo /capabilityname:Rsat.ActiveDirectory.DS-LDS.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0
dism /online /get-capabilityinfo

Let’s install the RSAT, run the command:

dism /online /add-capability /capabilityname:Rsat.ActiveDirectory.DS-LDS.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0
dism /online /add-capability

Conclusion

We can install RSAT using multiple ways. In case WSUS / SCCM is in place which controls your Software Update, you can bypass the WSUS by using a script which disables the WSUS server temporarily, installs the update and then enable WSUS again, check How to install RSAT using SCCM for more details.