Oct 052018
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In this blog post I’ll explain how to install RSAT (Remote Server Administration Tools) on Windows 10. Previously, this was handled via an MSI installer, however with Microsoft Windows 10 version 1809 (October Update) and later, you must install RSAT using Features on Demand (or DISM) as the installer no long works. This will apply to all future Windows 10 releases.

Some of you may not be familiar with using the “Features on Demand” or “DISM” tool on Windows, so I decided to write up this little post to assist you in installing RSAT on the latest version of Windows 10.

Install RSAT on Windows 10 (1809 and higher)

To install RSAT on Windows 10 (version 1809 or later), open an elevated command and run the following command (as a single line):

DISM.exe /Online /add-capability /CapabilityName:Rsat.ActiveDirectory.DS-LDS.Tools~~~~ /CapabilityName:Rsat.BitLocker.Recovery.Tools~~~~ /CapabilityName:Rsat.CertificateServices.Tools~~~~ /CapabilityName:Rsat.DHCP.Tools~~~~ /CapabilityName:Rsat.Dns.Tools~~~~ /CapabilityName:Rsat.FailoverCluster.Management.Tools~~~~ /CapabilityName:Rsat.FileServices.Tools~~~~ /CapabilityName:Rsat.GroupPolicy.Management.Tools~~~~ /CapabilityName:Rsat.IPAM.Client.Tools~~~~ /CapabilityName:Rsat.LLDP.Tools~~~~ /CapabilityName:Rsat.NetworkController.Tools~~~~ /CapabilityName:Rsat.NetworkLoadBalancing.Tools~~~~ /CapabilityName:Rsat.RemoteAccess.Management.Tools~~~~ /CapabilityName:Rsat.RemoteDesktop.Services.Tools~~~~ /CapabilityName:Rsat.ServerManager.Tools~~~~ /CapabilityName:Rsat.Shielded.VM.Tools~~~~ /CapabilityName:Rsat.StorageReplica.Tools~~~~ /CapabilityName:Rsat.VolumeActivation.Tools~~~~ /CapabilityName:Rsat.WSUS.Tools~~~~ /CapabilityName:Rsat.StorageMigrationService.Management.Tools~~~~ /CapabilityName:Rsat.SystemInsights.Management.Tools~~~~

*Please Note: If you are using WSUS, you may not be configured to download “optional features” from Windows Update (resulting in “cannot download”, or error “0x800F0954”). To resolve this, please follow the instructions at: https://www.stephenwagner.com/2018/10/08/enable-windows-update-features-on-demand-and-turn-windows-features-on-or-off-in-wsus-environments/

Additional Notes

You’ll notice that by using the command above, we are installing multiple “capabilities”. Below is a list of the capabilities that we install to include the full RSAT feature set:

  • Rsat.ActiveDirectory.DS-LDS.Tools~~~~
  • Rsat.BitLocker.Recovery.Tools~~~~
  • Rsat.CertificateServices.Tools~~~~
  • Rsat.DHCP.Tools~~~~
  • Rsat.Dns.Tools~~~~
  • Rsat.FailoverCluster.Management.Tools~~~~
  • Rsat.FileServices.Tools~~~~
  • Rsat.GroupPolicy.Management.Tools~~~~
  • Rsat.IPAM.Client.Tools~~~~
  • Rsat.LLDP.Tools~~~~
  • Rsat.NetworkController.Tools~~~~
  • Rsat.NetworkLoadBalancing.Tools~~~~
  • Rsat.RemoteAccess.Management.Tools~~~~
  • Rsat.RemoteDesktop.Services.Tools~~~~
  • Rsat.ServerManager.Tools~~~~
  • Rsat.Shielded.VM.Tools~~~~
  • Rsat.StorageReplica.Tools~~~~
  • Rsat.VolumeActivation.Tools~~~~
  • Rsat.WSUS.Tools~~~~
  • Rsat.StorageMigrationService.Management.Tools~~~~
  • Rsat.SystemInsights.Management.Tools~~~~

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  36 Responses to “Install RSAT (Remote Server Administration Tools) on Windows 10”

  1. Thank You

    When I ran DSIM I gave the error 0x800F0954, I had to execute the following:

    1. regedit
    2. HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Policies \ Microsoft \ Windows \ WindowsUpdate \ AU
    3. UseWUServer -> 0
    4. net stop wuauserv && net start wuauserv from cmd

  2. Glad it worked!

    And for anyone else reading, you have to enable FoD’s (Feature on Demand) from Windows Update either via Group Policy, or via registry as demonstrated by Antonio!


  3. Hi,

    I don’t know if you all are aware but BitLocker Recovery Key Administration tool doesn’t work even if it’s installed.

    RSAT: Active Directory Domain Services and Lightweight Directory Services Tools Installed
    RSAT: BitLocker Drive Encryption Administration Utilities Installed

    PS C:\WINDOWS\system32> Add-WindowsCapability -Online -Name Rsat.BitLocker.Recovery.Tools~~~~

    Path :
    Online : True
    RestartNeeded : False

  4. Worked perfectly, thanks for the tips.

  5. No access to WSUS here. I didn’t want to mount the ISO or copy the whole 4.6GB down to the clients to install this, so I experimented to see what the bare minimum I needed for just the Active Directory Users and Computers for Australian English was.

    First, I copied only:


    When I did this, I was getting a “The source files could not be found” error. It turns out that you also need the metadata folder and the files within. I did not need FoDMetadata_Client.cab.

    41 files at 6MB total.

  6. Hi Glenn, without WSUS it’s even easier as you can just run the commands to install and it’ll directly pull from windows update.


  7. Thanks. This is the only technique that worked for me. I use it now to install and uninstall RSAT.

  8. It works for the version 10.0.17763.1, but it doesn’t work for the Version 10.0.17763.195

  9. Awesome! Works great. Thank You!!!!

  10. Thanks for this help.
    Me too I’m wasting too much for RSAT since the first edition of Window 10.

  11. What a shit show. The tools get uninstalled every 6 months when a new version of win10 is pushed out now they hide the tools behind a 500 character command and i’m getting multiple failures running it. Way to go microsoft… Thanks for the tip to sind me in the right direction.

  12. No inet access for most of my systems. Where do I download the files for a local repository?

  13. you can download the installation pack at https://www.microsoft.com/en-US/download/details.aspx?id=45520

  14. Hi arbcoll,

    There is no longer an installation pack. The link you posted has the following quote: “IMPORTANT: Starting with Windows 10 October 2018 Update, RSAT is included as a set of “Features on Demand” in Windows 10 itself. See “Install Instructions” below for details, and “Additional Information” for recommendations and troubleshooting. RSAT lets IT admins manage Windows Server roles and features from a Windows 10 PC.”

    You’ll need to follow the instructions in this post to install to newer builds.


  15. I found the solution on https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/aaf22478-0b45-4517-be61-e2ab6c74f870/windows-10-1809-rsat-tools?forum=win10itprosetup

    Run this command in PowerShell:

    Get-WindowsCapability -Online | Where-Object {($_.State -notmatch ‘Installed’) -and ($_.Name -match ‘rsat’)} | %{Add-WindowsCapability -Name $_.Name -Online}

  16. Thank you for the guide.
    It saved me a quite some time! 🙂

  17. Thanks Stephen, excellent article!
    Better way to activate RSAT than Windows Legacy mode steps!
    For everyone, this apply for Windows 10 after Octubre (1809) Update, where RSAT is missing.

    its working on for me!

  18. seems like an elaborate and overly complicated way to do what used to simply be an install. why oh why the regression?

  19. In response to Daniel’s comment, you can simplify the PS command if you want to install the complete set.

    Get-WindowsCapability -Name RSAT* -Online | Add-WindowsCapability -Online

  20. Tanks for all

  21. Thanks, your command worked fine to install all the RSAT tools.

    I only came across it because I was too lazy to compare & write my own – so thanks, you have saved a few minutes of my life <3

  22. That’s great!
    Thanks for sharing

  23. Yes this is a great article. Thanks for sharing all this knowledge.

  24. The downloadable installer (specifically WindowsTH-RSAT_WS2016-x64.msu) does in fact successfully install on Windows 10 v1809. Presumably it isn’t the latest version of the tools, and I don’t know if there are compatibility issues, but it does install.

  25. As noted by others, with a computer disconnected from the internet, these instructions did nothing. On the other hand, I downloaded the 1803 version, it installed fine, and I was able to run the get-aduser call I wanted to make in the first place.

  26. […] if you need to install the Windows 10 RSAT tools, check out https://www.stephenwagner.com/2018/10/05/windows-10-1809-october-update-rsat/ as this link has the instructions to install them on the May 2019 1903 […]

  27. You are a legend. The registry key ‘UseWUServer’ set to 0!!!

    It was preventing access to Windows update because our organization WSUS server was overriding things. This then allowed me to download the features through command line above.

    Thank you for copying that long string. I did not want to install these 1 by 1 in the apps/features W10 GUI. Why does Microsoft make RSAT so difficult to install? It hurts working IT professionals.

    I tried to change the local group policy, but my organizations group policies seem to overrun it. The registry was definitely my fix. I hope this helps many others! Including my coworkers!

    I spent a lot of time trying to do component clean-up with DISM and resetbase among other commands. I am truly grateful for the time spent here to clean this issue up. I would have never thought it was WSUS. I even suspended my Bitlocker encryption. I did sfc /scannow (it found some errors but did not fix the issue). I scanned that ugly DISM log. Haha. I digress.

    Best Regards,

  28. Awesome article, thank you very much!

  29. KJMC: “As noted by others, with a computer disconnected from the internet, these instructions did nothing. ”

    Of course not. That command is to start a download from the internet. Seriously, without an internet connection, what did you think would happen?

  30. Thank you !!!
    It worked like a charm but only with Antonio Carrasqueiro help.

    Nice work both !!!

  31. Hello, thanks a lot.
    I’ts works perfect in Windows 10 Enterprise 1809.
    in my case, I needed “DisableWindowsUpdateAccess=0”
    Best regards!!

  32. […] Install the “Windows Server Update Services” mmc applet which is included in the Windows 10 RSAT tools. Instructions to install the RSAT are provided here: https://www.stephenwagner.com/2018/10/05/windows-10-1809-october-update-rsat/ […]

  33. Hi – Guide me to Install RSAT (Remote Server Administration Tools).

    Getting below error message while install from command prompt (through administrator)

    Image Version: 10.0.17763.1158

    Error: 87

    A Windows capability name was not recognized.

    The DISM log file can be found at C:\WINDOWS\Logs\DISM\dism.log

  34. […] you’ll need to either launch the Group Policy Management MMC from a domain controller, or Install RSAT (Remote Server Administration Tools) on Windows 10 to use the MMC from your local computer or […]

  35. […] you’ll need to either launch the Group Policy Management MMC from a domain controller, or Install RSAT (Remote Server Administration Tools) on Windows 10 to use the MMC from your local computer or […]

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