Manage Windows Active Directory remotely from a Windows 7 host


Often System Administrator or Domain Admins will prefer to manage the Active Directory domain from their desktop or a separate computer without loging in directly to the server hosting the Active Directory. In order to do this the following steps needs to be performed.

  • Endure the Win 7 host is added to the active directory
  • Install The Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) for Windows 7 from Microsoft site (
  • Restart the Win 7 host if required.
  • Open Control Panel, and select “Turn Windows Feature On or Off” from the Programs section
  • Expand the “Remote Service Administration Tools” and then “Role Administration Tools”
  • Ensure the following are selected:
  • You may want to restart the Windows 7 system and login using an Active Directory admin account

Once you login to the host, go to the Control Panel

  1. Select View by: Large Icon
  2. Select Administrative Tools
  3. Select Active Directory Users and Computers

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