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The Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 seem to only support managing Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2 servers. Is there a tool that can be installed on a Windows 7 client to manage a Windows Server 2012 R2 server? Specifically I want to use the Failover Cluster Manager.

If I try to connect to a 2012 R2 cluster, I get the following error:

The cluster to which you are attempting to connect is not a version of the 
cluster supported by this version of Failover Cluster Manager.

I assume I may be limited to accessing the server via Remote Desktop?

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...Windows 8 uses the same version of RSAT as Server 2012, so that's another way. If you can stomach Windows 8, of course. – HopelessN00b Mar 26 '14 at 14:57
Install a mix of HyperV boxes on 2008 and 2012 and watch the tools for each refuse to play with the other. This seems to be a common MS thing.. – MikeAWood Mar 26 '14 at 23:36
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In my experience, this can't be done. RSAT is designed for its version of windows paired with its version of server OS.

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Um, what? Who does that? My Android doesn't specifically say all the things it can't do either, which is fine... because when I want to set someone on fire, I look for tools that specifically say they can do what I want, such as my flamethrower. – HopelessN00b Mar 26 '14 at 16:52
@HopelessN00b I think it would be relatively easy to mention the compatibility of their tool versions. I have ran into this type of thing a few times with Microsoft. BTW, I'd pay good money for a flamethrower app. – Byron C. Mar 26 '14 at 19:57
They do do that. Windows 7 RSAT works on Windows 7, and Server 2008 R2. That's what it's compatible with. Use it with anything else at your own peril/risk. – HopelessN00b Mar 26 '14 at 19:59
Very well. Thanks for the info. Answer amended. – Byron C. Mar 27 '14 at 0:05

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