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Hello,

I am unable to import the AD module on the powershell installed on my Windows Server 2008 SP2. The error message on the powershell prompt is the following:

"Import-Module : The specified module 'ActiveDirectory' was not loaded because no valid module file was found in any module directory."s

I have seen in a couple of posts that in order to use the AD cmdlets you must install the AD module by using the Server Manager features, but I am unable to locate this option on my feature list.

Does someone knows what to do in order to have the AD module available on this DC?
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by:becraig
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From a powershell window :
Add-WindowsFeature RSAT-AD-PowerShell

More info:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/gg413289.aspx
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by:Mike Kline
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It is part of the Remote Server Administration Tools  > AD and AD LDS Tools > AD DS Tools

Screenshot below

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Thanks

Mike
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by:Cliff Galiher
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Those above options are only available in 2008 R2 and later. For server 2008, you must install AD management stuff. Here is the download

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=2852
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by:Mahesh
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Even if you install above update, I don't think you will get full flesh Active directory PowerShell Module like 2008 R2
In stead of installing all above updates and increasing complexity with AD web services just use 2008 R2 standard edition member server and install AD PowerShell module as shown above
It is much easier and work flawlessly
Years ago I have attempted this without success

Mahesh
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by:McKnife
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As stated in "http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=2852"
Note:    Installing the Active Directory Management Gateway Service on your Windows Server 2008–based or Windows Server 2003–based servers does not make it possible for you to install the Active Directory module
But that is the powershell module you would need. So it's not possible that way.
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by:Nirmal Sharma
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Open a PowerShell Windows session and run the following command to see if you have AD Modules already available:

Get-Module -ListAvailable

Do you see "Active Directory Module" in there?

Sys.
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by:Mahesh
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Hi Mike,

U have pointed to exact point

Now I got answer, Why I am unable to install AD PowerShell module on 2008 server

Thanks

Mahesh
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by:McKnife
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Mahesh, please try calling me McKnife. (the other day, you already called me Mike, but then, no Mike was around, here, there is :)  )
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by:Mahesh
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OK
No Problem
Actually I saw that name (Mike) some where in EE which targeting you. Its not done purposely

If its by mistake, let me know

Henceforth, I will call you with the name you defined

Thanks

Mahesh
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by:LuiLui77
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My main purpose is to run the AD cmdlets on the Domain Controller itself and to have the capability of running AD PowerShell scripts on the schedule tasks.

I opted, at the meantime, to add the RSAT --> AD Powershell modules on my Windows 7 machine and run the AD cmdlets remotely.

Does someone knows what's the cmdlet to use in order to connect to my 2008 DC ?

Do I need to install the "Active Directory Management Gateway Service" anyways to remotely connect to the 2008 DC?
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by:McKnife
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Yes, that needs to be installed.
What do you mean what cmdlet for connecting? After importing the AD module no your workstation (7 or higher) or server (08R2 or higher), you can run commands against the AD.
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by:Nirmal Sharma
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by:McKnife
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PSremoting will not be needed. import the ad module and there you go.
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by:Nirmal Sharma
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Correct! Not required!
Please disregard my post.
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by:footech
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Although the title of the page mentions Server 2012, the page also discusses other server versions and describes the situation very well.
http://blogs.technet.com/b/ashleymcglone/archive/2013/06/27/how-to-use-the-2012-active-directory-cmdlets-from-windows-7.aspx

Basically, if none of your DCs are newer than 2008 you will need to install the AD Gateway Management Service.  But this doesn't give you the AD module on those older servers, it only allows you to use the AD module on other machines to connect to the DC.
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by:LuiLui77
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I have downloaded the Active Directory Management Gateway Service package correspondent to my system (2008 SP2 x64: Windows6.0-KB968934-x64).

When I tried to install it, a message came up stating that the package is not applicable to my system.

Do you have any idea?
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McKnife earned 2000 total points
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I remember vaguely that I might have had the same problem. We can force packet manager to install updates using syntax similar to this:

md c:\temp\admgw
expand -F:* Windows6.0-KB968934-x64.msu" c:\temp\admgw 
start /w %SystemRoot%\system32\pkgmgr.exe /ip /m:c:\temp\admgw\Windows6.0-KB968934-x64.cab

Open in new window

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by:CompuTechCity
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script works for me, it's greet
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by:CompuTechCity
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but 2nd line " is extra that is to be removed
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