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The small charity I work for has just purchased Windows Server 2012. We are a small organization with 20 desktop users and 5 laptop users. All the PCs and laptops are Windows 7 Enterprise.

From what I have read on numerous forums, you have to run RSAT from a Windows 8 PC in order to administer Windows Server 2012. I came across a couple of posts that said that you can use Windows 7 RSAT but "it is not recommended."

What I want to know is:

  1. Why is it not recommended?
  2. What potential pitfalls exist if the older RSAT is used?
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The problem with using the legacy RSAT tools is that they won't be aware of new functionality in 2012 and could cause headaches down the road.

Your best bests are:

  • administer through an RDP session to the 2012 server
  • setup a Win8 PC for your IT administrator

You could setup a VM but at that point you might as well RDP to the server.

But come on...that small of a shop, how often are you messing with the server or any of the RSAT tools?

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Thanks TC - your'e right about frequency of use of RSAT, it would basically be for for setting up shared folders\printers, and creating new users\groups...and pssibly tweaking Group Policy Just thought I'd ask though. –  LondonGuy Dec 20 '12 at 15:43
    
Well, since they just bought it, he'll probably be messing with it pretty often, at first. –  mfinni Dec 20 '12 at 15:43
    
absolutely...at least until I get my head properly round it all :) BTW, would I still have to create a Central Store of the admx files a la Server 2003? –  LondonGuy Dec 20 '12 at 15:45

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