access to active directory

I have an environment with many flavors  of microsoft servers. I would like to install active directory admin tools with exchange add on to manage these servers. The exchange I'd office365 and as I know the DC is 2008.

I would like to know if there is a ms common tool which I can use and from where I can download it from?
Habib ZakariaNetwork Solutions ArchitectAsked:
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Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
With Exchange 2013 or O365 they are now Web Front End to login to the console. For Active Directory you would use Remote Server Admin Tools (RSAT).


For Exchange 2013 use Powershell Remoting.

Habib ZakariaNetwork Solutions ArchitectAuthor Commented:
How do I know the front end login to the console? Is that just the IP of the sever.

Is RSAT able to mamge all versions of serversof domain servers
Habib ZakariaNetwork Solutions ArchitectAuthor Commented:
The other question I have is on RSAT if a technician creates a user account - can he create a mailbox account as well. OR he/ she will need to go to the exchange user admin to create the mailbox ?

Thank you for your assistance.
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David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
1 is AD the other is exchange.. you need to use both.
You can have mailboxes without AD user accounts and you can have user accounts without mailboxes
Will SzymkowskiSenior Solution ArchitectCommented:
In Exchange 2007 and Up you need to create mailboxes from the EMC or 2013 Exchange Admin Center or from Exchange Management Shell.

You will also need to provide appropriate permissions as well for both Active Directory a Exchange environment depending on what you want your users to be able to do.

@david - anytime you have a Mailbox in Exchange you require an AD account. Exchange REQUIRES a AD account to function, so your comment regarding Exchange mailboxes not needing an AD account is false.

You will access the EAC using the virtual directory FQDN you specified. I you have not specified one it will be something like


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Habib ZakariaNetwork Solutions ArchitectAuthor Commented:
Thank you Will.

I will download the tool and test it. I will get back to you if I have questions.
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