I need to install the AD PowerShell module on Windows Server 2012 but I can't afford for the server to restart during business hours.

My question is can the AD module be installed from Add/Remove Windows Features without requiring a restart?

If so which AD Modules are required (minimum) for PowerShell to run this command

Search-ADAccount -LockedOut
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    you can also do this from a client with the RSAT rather than logging into the DC directly – Jim B May 20 '15 at 15:12

Yes you can install and use with no reboot required.

Install-WindowsFeature RSAT-AD-PowerShell

Also I want to be clear that this is only for installing the Powershell module. Not all of Active Directory in its entirety. Installing Active Directory is an entirely different thing.

  • Yes. It is identical to what Server Manager runs in the background. It just requires fewer mouse clicks. – Ryan Ries May 20 '15 at 14:53
  • Note - You may need to call Import-Module ServerManager first in order to load the Install-WindowsFeature command. – skeletank Oct 20 '16 at 15:05

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