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Installing Active Directory Snap-in on Windows 10

One of the main Active Directory domain management tools is the MMC snap-in Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC). To work with ADUC snap-in in Windows 10, you need first to install the Microsoft Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT). The RSAT includes various utility and snap-ins to manage Windows Servers, Active Directory and other Windows roles and features.

By default RSAT is not installed in Windows 10. You can download the latest version of Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 10 (Version: 1.2, Date Published: 6/27/2016) using following link:

remote server administrator tools

Select Language of your Windows 10 version and click on Download button. Depending on the bitness of your OS, select desired *.msu file:

  • For Windows 10 x86 – download WindowsTH-RSAT_TP5_Update-x86.msu (68.5 MB)
  • For Windows 10 x64 – download WindowsTH-RSAT_TP5_Update-x64.msu  (91.0 MB)

choose your download

Install the downloaded file (Update for Windows KB2693643) by double-click on it.

standalone installer

Or you can install RSAT from Command prompt in silent mode:

wusa.exe c:\Install\WindowsTH-RSAT_TP5_Update-x64.msu  /quiet /norestart

After RSAT installation is completed, you need to restart your computer.

It remains to activate the necessary RSAT function. To do this:

  1. Right click on Start button and select Control Panel
  2. Select Programs and Features
  3. In the left pane press on Turn Windows features on or off
  4. Expand node Remote Server Administration Tools-> Role Administration Tools -> AD DS and AD LDS Tools
  5. Check item AD DS Tools and press OK.
    ADDS tools
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However, you can install AD feature from the Command prompt just with this three commands:

dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:RSATClient-Roles-AD
dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:RSATClient-Roles-AD-DS
dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:RSATClient-Roles-AD-DS-SnapIns

dism feature

After AD Management snap-ins installed, go to the Control Panel and select section Administrative Tools. As you can see, Active Directory Users and Computers link is appeared.

active directory users computers

Now you can run the ADUC snap-in and connect to any domain controller. If your computer is in an Active Directory domain, then the domain controller will be selected automatically, based on your Logon server.

If you want connect to AD from non-domain computer, you must:

  1. Open Command prompt and run command:
    runas /netonly /user:Domain_Name\Domain_USER mmc
  2. In the empty MMC Console select File->Add/Remove Snap-In.
  3. Add Active Directory Users and Computers Snap-In to the right pane and press OK.
    ad console root
  4. Connect to domain by right click on ADUC -> Connect to domain and enter domain name.
    console change domain

 As a result, in the ADUC snap-in appears the structure of your OU Active Directory domain.

console ADDS

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