Installing ADSIedit on Server 2008

I searched the internets high and low to find out how to add ADSIedit to a Server 2008 member server.  In previous versions of Windows, you installed ADSIedit and the other Windows Support Tools from the server installation media.  One of the main benefits of Server 2008 is that you should never have to insert the installation media again after the initial install.  No more being asked to insert the Windows 2003 SP2 CD (did this CD ever really exist?? I didn’t think so…)

The Windows Support Tools are now included in the RSAT (Remote Server Administration Tools) and can be installed as features in Server 2008. 

ADSIedit is part of the Active Directory Domain Controller Tools feature, and can be added by following these steps:

  1. In Server Manager, click on Features, then Add Features in the right pane
  2. Expand Remote Server Administration Tools>Role Administration Tools>Active Directory Domain Services Tools
  3. Put a check next to Active Directory Domain Controller Tools
  4. Click Next, then Install

Cameron Fuller let me know that these tools are also installed when you add the Active Directory Role to a server.

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