RSAT, which version

Our current environment is in flux.  We have eight (8) domain controllers.  Four are 2008 STD and the four new ones are 2012 R2.

I have some users (senior admins) who run Windows 7 and the Win 7 RSAT tools.  

Now that FSMO is on a 2012 box, I think I want to say only run the 8.1 RSAT from an Win 8.1 box and stop using the Win 7/RSAT combination.

Thoughts on that?

I'm sort of new here, and I see we have a history of managing AD with all kids of tools from all kinds of boxes and it's made a mess of things.  In my efforts to clean things up, I'd like to start some consistency in the way we manage tools.

Thanks for your opinions.

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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
Really this does not matter where it is run from. The only time this would matter is when you are working with Group Policy. If there are specific policies that are only found within Server 2012 R2 then you will need to use a machine with 2012R2 installed with Group Policy Management Console.

A side from that it should be fine.

Typically i have different VM's with different OS's so that if i need to make policies changes for a later version i use the VM that i require.

crp0499CEOAuthor Commented:
What about creating new users Will?  I know 2012 has some extended attributes in AD...
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
As long as you have 2008 R2 DCs, your users CANNOT be 2012 R2 based (more specifically, your domain functional level cannot be raised and the objects must adhere to the domain functional level).
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crp0499CEOAuthor Commented:
I am still 2008 DFL and FFL.  I won't be raising that for a while.  We have some old software that won't support the raise yet.

So, a better way of wording the question is since we are remaining at 2008 DFL and FFL, what RSAT tools should we use?
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
If the tool works, use it.  If it doesn't don't.  AD Tools for Win 7 are fully usable especially if your domain levels match the tools level.

There could be some that don't work - for example, the Hyper-V manager from the Win7 RSAT will not work on 2012 Hyper-v systems,
Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
It is always better to be on the most recent verison. However, if these attributes are not being utilized during the Account creation process then mandating to have the most recent RSAT tools is not really required.

In your situation where you have different OS versions running on your DC's if an Administrator connects to one of your 2008 DC's then they are not going to be presented with those extended attributes you are mentioning.

Until you have removed the 2008 DC you're going to be in this type of situation.

As stated the 2012R2 DC's are going to act like 2008R2 until you remove the 2008 domain controllers. That being said Group Policy is still configurable with the new group policies when you are using a RSAT on a Win 8.1 client.



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