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W2K8unleashedSo with the release of Windows Server 2008 I was really looking forward to some post or announcement from Microsoft with regards to the availability of native Active Directory management tools that can be installed on Windows Vista SP1 without any mods, kludges or scripts. You know, they just work out of the box. Like the good ‘ol days when you copied adminpak.msi from Windows Server 2003 over to Windows XP.

Now that I am running Windows Server 2008 as a workstation I don't necessarily have to worry about this. As soon as I installed the server features for Active Directory Domain Controller Tools I had all my faithful friends like ADUC back at my disposal. So of course, I thought I would just grab adminpak.msi from c:\windows and be on my way. And yet, in the back of my brain,I knew there would be no such thing. I hate it when I am right.

So while it doesn't effect me in the near term it is effecting lots of others I am sure. People who would like the real tools to bring over to Windows Vista SP1. Perhaps there is a way to copy over all the bits and bobs and do some voodoo DLL registration to wrap it up and get it going. If someone finds out, please let me know!

Posted on Friday, February 29, 2008 3:54 PM Windows Server , Active Directory , Vista | Back to top

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