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    Vista RSAT + 2K3/XP = Preferences?

    In principle.. I think.. maybe.. you can install RSAT on a Vista box, point it at a 2K3 AD, start configuring GPO preferences and (assuming you've installed the CSE KB on any XP boxes) it works.

    Anyone tried this or know different?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PiqueABoo View Post
    In principle.. I think.. maybe.. you can install RSAT on a Vista box, point it at a 2K3 AD, start configuring GPO preferences and (assuming you've installed the CSE KB on any XP boxes) it works.

    Anyone tried this or know different?
    Sure sounds like it, I'll be testing this out tomorrow!

    Windows Vista Team Blog : Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) Now Available for Windows Vista SP1

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    RSAT does require Vista SP1 to work. It doesn't install on Windows XP.

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    I think he means he wants it one his vista box to control a 2k3 AD.....

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    these tools also fully supported managing Windows Server 2003 servers:

    * Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) Tools
    * Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS) Tools
    * Active Directory Certification Authority Tools
    * DHCP Server Tools
    * DNS Server Tools
    * Terminal Services Tools
    * Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration (UDDI) Services Tools
    * Group Policy Management Tools
    * Network Load Balancing Tools

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    I think he means he wants it one his vista box to control a 2k3 AD.....
    Yes I agree it does appear that way. RSAT would have to be installed on Vista SP1 or controlled from Windows Server 2008 (eventually), but I'm not 100% sure whether this also allows control of 2000/XP/2003.

    It might be the case you continue to use the 2003 SP2 Admin Tools Pack for 2000/XP/2003 and RSAT for Vista or later.

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    I have installed RSAT on Vista x64 SP1 but I cant see ADUC in any MMCs? Is this part of RSAT or do I have to install the admin pak as well?

    I would like to manage Server 2003 machine from my Vista box.

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    Yes - I'm asking whether adding one Vista box to an existing 2K3 & XP domain will enable the use of preferences.

    Key point here is that there's a client side extension for XP to process the preferences, so it's just a case of whether that Vista box can configure them in GPOs in your 2K3 AD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PiqueABoo View Post
    Yes - I'm asking whether adding one Vista box to an existing 2K3 & XP domain will enable the use of preferences.

    Key point here is that there's a client side extension for XP to process the preferences, so it's just a case of whether that Vista box can configure them in GPOs in your 2K3 AD.
    It looks like you can use GP Preferences and Vista GP with a 2k3 domain so long you manage them with the Vista SP1 RSAT:

    Group Policy Preferences Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
    Q.Do I need to upgrade my domain to Windows Server 2008 to have this functionality?
    A.No. Group Policy preference items work in a Windows Server 2003 environment by being managed via either Windows Server 2008 or the GPMC update for Windows Vista with Service Pack 1.
    You can also use RSAT to manage 2003 servers with the tools that apply:

    Group Policy Team Blog : Announcing Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows Vista SP1
    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
    Last edited by SYNACK; 5th August 2008 at 03:31 PM.

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