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Win 2012 DC missing usual AD tools

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Just replaced 5 x Win 2003 DCs with 5 x Win 2012 DCs at 5 different sites.

Same process followed for each.

But on one of them I've noticed that the normal AD tools i.e. users and computers, sites and services etc. are missing.

Just have the AD module for windows powershell instead.

Why has this happened and how to restore the missing tools?
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This is normal. With remote management increasingly popular, installing the GUI tools is nonlinear assumed to be required and is therefore not a default. Use thenadd roles and features wizard and look for the AD management tools in the features list. Many of the GUI tools for the various available roles are there and can be installed separately, even if the role is NOT installed (for remotely managing other servers, for example.)
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Odd that the defaults were chosen for the other 4 servers and they all have the management tools.
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I didn't set up your servers, so I don't know what process was used or what steps were followed. I can only say that if you only use the add roles wizard and inky choose the ADDS role, the GUI tools are not installed by default. You have to remember to include them or go back and add them.

There are, of course, plenty of blogs and tutorials out there and many include this step, or provide the PowerShell alternative, so it is certainly possible that if the task were delegated and a process was followed only on some machines, you'd see an inconsistent experience, Usually not a concern, just a minor difference in who did the install and which process they chose to follow. Like I said, I wasn't there, so it's tough for me to conjecture with any details why some machines have it and some don't. I can only tell you why the defaults are the way they are and the logic behind that design decision,
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