The Exchange administration tools output the exact PS commands they will (or just did) execute. Is there a different version of the AD tools (primarily AD Users & Computers) that have similar functionality? If not, is this an expected feature of Windows 8 Server?
Windows Server 2012 AD DS comes with the PowerShell-based "Active Directory Administration Center" user interface.
It includes a component called Windows Powershell History Viewer, allowing you to review all the PowerShell cmdlets executed by the UI.
To use it for now, you'll need to promote a Windows Server 2008 R2 to Domain Controller and install ADWS (Active Directory Web Services) on it, as ADAC communicates with AD WS instead of an RPC Endpoint Mapper
Alternatively, use the Active Directory Web Services Gateway as proposed by @jscott