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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?

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If it's not here now, I suspect it's coming, as all the recent MS products do this. SCVMM, even SSMS has been doing this for years. –  Mark Henderson Jul 17 '12 at 1:53

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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

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[This link](technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd560652(v=ws.10)) implies I can install the new ADAC tool on Windows 7: Active Directory Administrative Center can be installed on computers running Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 or later. Will it connect to a Windows 2008 AD forest? –  Myrddin Emrys Jul 17 '12 at 5:08
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@MyrddinEmrys You can install the Active Directory Web Services Gateway to use ADAC/PowerShell with 2003/2008 domains. –  jscott Jul 17 '12 at 15:38

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