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How to install Active Directory Management Tools on Windows Server 2016
Active Directory Tools Background
The Active Directory Management Tools have been with Windows Server since Windows Server 2000. On various versions of Windows the tools are sometimes included and sometimes they need to be downloaded from the Microsoft website and installed. In Server 2016 these tools are included as optional features and can be installed using the Add Roles and Features wizard in Server Manager; no download is required.
The following tools are included as part of the installation:
- Active Directory Administrative Center
- Active Directory Users and Computers Snap-in
- Active Directory Sites and Services Snap-in
- Active Directory Domains and Trusts Snap-in
- Active Directory Administrative Center Snap-in
- ADSI Edit Snap-in
- Active Directory Schema Snap-in (Not Registered)
- Active Directory Command Line Tools
- Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell
Prerequisites for installing Active Directory Management Tools
You will require a Windows Server 2016 computer with the “Graphical Management Tools and Infrastructure” installed to install the Active Directory Management Tools using the Server Manager graphical user interface.
Instructions for installing Active Directory Management Tools
To install Active Directory Management Tools on Windows Server 2016 please follow these instructions.
- On the Windows Server 2016 open Server Manager. If Server Manager does not start by default press the “Windows + R” keys, Type “servermanager” in the “Open” field and press “Enter” or click the OK button.
- On the Server Manager main window, in the “Quick Start” panel, click “Add roles and features”.
- In the “Add Roles and Features Wizard” under “Installation Type” check the “Role-based or feature-based installation” radio button and click “Next”
- In the “Add Roles and Features Wizard” under “Server Selection” check the “Select a server from the server pool” radio button, select the server you want to install the Active Directory Tools on and click “Next”
- In the “Add Roles and Features Wizard” under “Server Roles” do not make any changes to the check boxes, click “Next”
- In the “Add Roles and Features Wizard” under “Features” expand “Remote Server Administration Tools”, expand “Role Administration Tools” and check “AD DS and AD LDS Tools”. Click “Next”. If prompted to install any supporting roles accept the defaults and continue.
- In the “Add Roles and Features Wizard” at the “Confirmation” page click “Install” to begin the installation of the AD Tools
- The installation of the Active Directory Management Tools will begin and the progress will be displayed. This installation should not require a restart of the server.
- The Active Directory Management Tools can now be found under the “Tools” menu in “Server Manager”.