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Installing Active Directory and All Those Other Little Tabs in Windows 7 (you know, the ones you used to have in Windows XP)

Posted by William Diaz on October 23, 2012


One of the articles I put together for our KB. Thought I would share since there seems to be some questions as to how to install ADUC get all the tabs back that were available in Windows XP.

Active Directory Users and Computers Setup:

  • Install the Remote Server Admin Tools by visiting Choose the package that applies to your OS bitness.
    1. Enable the RSAT features for ADUC by going to the Control Panel and select Programs > Programs and Features > Turn Windows features on or off. Alternatively, you can also click Start and start typing in Turn Windows features on or off and select the option from the menu.
    2. Scroll down to and expand Remote Server Administration Tools.
    3. Expand Role Administration Tools.
    4. Expand AD DS and AD LDS Tools.
    5. Expand AD DS Tools
    6. Check option for Active Directory Administrative Center. This will automatically check all the required options in the parent and sub tree.
    7. Click OK.
    8. You can access ADUC via several methods.
      • Start Orb > dsa.msc.
      • Open an MMC console and add the snap-in.
      • Control Panel > Administrative Tools.
      • Start > All Programs > Administrative Tools (After it has been indexed by Windows).
  • The Exchange tabs will not be included by default. To have those, install the Exchange System Management tools. See below.

Exchange System Management Setup:

  1. Go to and download the Exchange System Manager for Windows Vista.
  2. Run ESMVISTA.EXE to unpack the installer.
  3. Open CMD from an elevated command prompt
  4. Change command prompt to location of the ESMVISTA.MSI file, e.g. cd c:\users\username\desktop.
  5. Run the msi file with the /q switch to avoid message that you are not running Windows Vista, i.e. esmvista.msi /q (extension necessary because there will also be the .exe in the same path).
  6. Exchange System Manager can be found under Start > All Programs > Microsoft Exchange.

Adding the Exchange tabs for user properties:

  • You may notice that the Exchange tabs are missing from user properties in ADUC. This is because the console is running in 64 bit mode and does not plugin into the 32 bit Exchange System Manager. To overcome this:
    1. Right-click ADUC select Send To > Desktop (Create Shortcut)*.
    2. Right-click the shortcut and go to Properties.
    3. Change the target path to include -32
  • If you prefer creating an MMC with multiple snap-ins such as ADUC and ESM:
    1. Go to Start Orb > Search\Run (or Windows+R).
    2. Type mmc -32 and launch.**
    3. Go to File > Add/Remove Snap-In.
    4. Add ADUC, ESM, and whatever additional snap-ins you need.
    5. Save.

*Alternatively, you can run dsa.msc -32 from Run (Windows+R) or the Start Orb > Search/Run

**You must run the mmc with the 32 bit switch, otherwise the 32 bit Exchange System Management add-in will not be available in the list of snap-ins.

Adding the Terminal Service tab for user Properties:

  • Go to Turn Windows features on or off
  • Expand Remote Server Administration Tools > Role Administration Tools > and check Remote Desktop Services Tools.
  • This will also add the Sessions and Environment tabs.

Note, the Terminal Service tab is now known as the Remote Desktop Services Profile tab. Further, you will not see this tab if you run dsa.msc or your mmc in 32 bit mode so consider creating two shortcuts with and without the 32 bit switch.

The Missing Dial-In Tab

This tab is not available by design in ADUC via Windows 7. To workaround this, You need to connect to a Windows Server 2008 Server via RDP that has either the Terminal Services or Remote Desktop Service role installed. However, there is a simpler workaround to the missing tab.

  1. Open ADUC or dsa.msc.
  2. Go to View and check option for Advanced Features.
  3. Right-click the user account and go to the Attribute Editor tab.
  4. Locate and select the msNPAllowDialin attribute.
  5. Select edit and change the value to the desired value.

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