Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8


I remember that installing the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT) on Windows 7 was installing a simple patch. But doing the same for my Windows 8; nothing happened! There were no tools available; no DSA.MSC, no DHCPMGMT.MSC. And I was getting fed up of taking RDP’s of the servers.

After googling around I did found the solution. The problem was with my language pack. I dont know why Windows 8 media are only released with English-Great Britain pack while the generic tools are dependent on the English-United Stated language pack. So here is how I came around those problems.

1. Download the language pack for Windows 8. You can download it from MSDN but that not free. So get yourself a subscription or find any other way 😉

2. Once downloaded;  Open the RUN prompt and type lpksetup.exe



3. Click Install display languages.


4. Browse to your language pack media and select the EN-US LP (language pack) and click OK. Click Install then.


5. Once done; download the RSAT for Windows 8 from their download center;  yes this is free :p

6. Extract the .MSU using WinRar or any other tool you prefer. You will need the .CAB file which will appear after you extract the .MSU contents.

7. Open the Windows Power Shell with administrator privileges.

8. Execute the following command.

Add-WindowsPackage -PackagePath 'C:\' -Online -LogPath RSAT.log 

I placed the .CAB file on my C Root for easy access. Just use the TAB key and find your way to it. In my case I had a 32-Bit OS. Once done you will have a nice set of icons like these in your start menu.


Hopefully this time you will get your RSA tools 😉 Not more RDP’s for me!

Thanks to IT Pro Powershell for a reference blog on this issue 🙂

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16 Responses to “Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8”

  1. sbdissa Says:

    Hi Ashfaq

    Your suggestion and all script every thing working fine

  2. Ian Rigby Says:

    Thanks for this – you are a lifesaver!

  3. bcorke Says:

    Thanks for this. I just needed to manually install the US language pack on my Windows 8 N client, then reinstalled the RSAT app, rather then install WinRAR and extract files ect.

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  5. Shaun Parfett Says:

    Thank you very much, this worked brilliantly for me. I had been scratching my head for ages. I had to change the x84 to x64 as I have a 64 bit installation, but it was plain sailing after that.
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