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While Microsoft does not support nor encourage Windows 7 RC to be used in production, they have provided the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7.

RSAT enables IT admins to manage roles and features on Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 R2.

Keep in mind that there are some limitations with this version of RSAT for Windows Server 2003 and this limited functionality is similar to the RSAT that was made available for  Windows Vista SP1. Also, this version of RSAT should not be installed on Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2000.

RSAT will run on Windows 7 Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate editions. Both x86 and x64.

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 RC should not be installed on a computer that is running the Windows Server 2003 Administration Tools Pack or Windows 2000 Server® Administration Tools Pack. Remove all versions of Administration Tools Pack or Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows Vista SP1 from the computer before you install Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 RC.

Remove any existing copies of Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 RC. This includes any copies that are in different languages.

When installing RSAT for Windows 7 RC, you need to be a member of the Administrators group on the computer on which you want to install the Administration Tools pack, or you must be logged on to the computer by using the built-in Administrator account.

If you have ever installed any remote management tools on your system, you are not going to experience anything new…

Download the application, double click to run and then add then turn the Windows features you want on or off via the Control Panel – Problems and Features.

If for some reason you need to uninstall RSAT, go into the Control Panel – Programs – View installed updates and select Update for Microsoft Windows (KB958830) and click Uninstall.

Advanced options for running Server Manager on Windows 7 RC

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 RC includes Server Manager for managing roles and features on a computer that is running either the full or Server Core installation options of Windows Server 2008 R2. To manage a computer remotely by using Server Manager, you connect Server Manager to a remote computer in the same manner you would connect Microsoft Management consoles (MMCs) for other technologies.

You must be a member of the Administrators group on any remote computers that you want to manage by using Server Manager.
To run Server Manager on Windows 7 RC, and target it at a server that is running Windows Server 2008 R2, follow these steps.

On the remote computer that is running Windows Server 2008 R2:
1. On the remote computer that you want to manage, open Server Manager. Click Start, point to Administrative Tools, and then click Server Manager.
2. In the Server Summary area, click Configure Server Manager Remote Management.
3. Select Allow remote management of this server from other computers by using Server Manager and Windows PowerShell. Click OK.

On the computer that is running Windows 7 RC:
1. Install Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 RC by using procedures on this Web page.
2. On the computer that is running Windows 7 RC, open a Command Prompt session with elevated user rights by clicking Start, clicking All Programs, clicking Accessories, right-clicking Command Prompt, and then clicking Run as administrator.
3. Start the Windows Remote Management (WinRM) service.Type the following, and then press Enter.
net start winrm
For more information about how to run Server Manager targeted at remote computers, see Remote Management with Server Manager in the Server Manager Help.

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