Installation of Windows Server 2003 SP1 Administration Pack (adminpack.msi) on Windows 7 computer leads into a warning message stating “ This program has unknown compatibility issue”. It gives options to check if solutions are available on Microsoft’s website or not. If a solution is found, then Microsoft’s website lands on a page which has a solution to the problem. The warning message window is titled “Program Compatibility Assistant” and has three options in it: 1st Check Solutions Online, 2nd Run Program, and 3rd Cancel. On checking the solutions online user gets another warning stating that there was no solution found and Windows will notify when solution become available.


This problem occurs because the Windows Server 2003 Administration package tools are developed to get installed only on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003. Installation of this package on Windows Vista results in incorrect installation and non compatibility. The tools which are there in the package were not tested on Windows Vista so error/warning appears.


This problem can be resolved by installing the Microsoft Remote Server Administrative Tools (RSAT). RSAT is a bundle of tools with which people can remotely manage server roles in Windows Server 2008 and in Windows Server 2003 from there Windows Vista or Windows 7 Client machines. Given below are instructions for installing Remote Server Administrative Tools on various operating systems:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2: Check the Remote Server Administrative Tools check box in the features node of Server Manager.
  • Windows Server 2008: Check the Remote Server Administrative Tools check box in the features node of Server Manager.

List of tool Available in RSAT

Role Administration Tools:

  • Active Directory Certificate Services (AD CS) Tools
  • Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) Tools (DC and NIS)
  • Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS) Tools
  • DHCP Server Service Tools
  • DNS Server Service Tools
  • File Server Service Tools (DFS, FSRM, Storage Mgmt)
  • Terminal Services Tools
  • Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration (UDDI) Services Tools

Feature Administration Tools:

  • BitLocker Drive Encryption Tools
  • Failover Clustering Tools
  • Group Policy Management Tools (GPMC, GPEditor)
  • Network Load Balancing Tools
  • SMTP Server Tools
  • Storage Manager for SANs Tools
  • Windows System Resource Manager Tools

List of Tool which are not available in RSAT

  • x Service Manager
  • Network Policy and Access Services (NPS) Tools (has no remote connectivity functionality)
  • Server Manager (has no remote connectivity functionality – top feature request #1 – Server Manager product team is looking how to get this done in next release)
  • iSNS (Internet Storage Name Service)
  • Storage Explorer
  • Windows Media Services (available through separate addon for x86 and x64)
  • WINS (Windows Internet Name Service)
  • Windows Server Backup
  • Windows Deployment Services (WDS) Tools
  • IIS 7 Manager
  • Hyper-V Tools