How to enable RSAT for Active Directory in Windows 10

How to enable RSAT for Active Directory in Windows 10

This tutorial introduces 3 methods to enable Active Directory in Windows 10. It is not exactly activating Active Directory in Windows 10 because you cannot install AD in Windows 10. You can only enable RSAT for Active. Directory in Windows 10 only.

1. Install RSAT for Active Directory in Windows 10 with Manage Optional Features

To enable Active Directory with this method:

Enter Optional Features in the search bar. Then select Manage Optional Features.

Then click Add features.

Move to RSAT: Active Directory Domain Services and Lighweight Directory Services Tools . Then click on it.

Click RSAT: Active Directory Domain Services and Lighweight Directory Services Tools

Click Install.

Click Install

To confirm that the feature is installed, click the back button next to Settings.

Then click on See optional feature history . The feature installation progress bar will be displayed.

The feature installation progress bar will be displayed

When installation is complete, scroll down to the list of Optional features . RSAT: Active Directory Domain Services and Lighweight Directory Services Tools will be listed.

To confirm that this feature is installed, search Active Directory. You will find all the AD tools.

2. Install RSAT for Active Directory in Windows 10 with DISM

Another method to install Active Directory is to use the DISM Command.

Here are the steps to take:

Open Command Prompt as administrator.

Then, at the User Account Control prompt , click Yes.

Finally, in the Command Prompt , type this command, then press Enter .

DISM.exe /Online /Get-Capabilities | find "Rsat.Active"

The command will display the RSAT feature name for the Active Directory.

To install Active Directory RSAT tools, type this command, and then press Enter .

DISM /Online /Add-Capability /CapabilityName:Rsat.ActiveDirectory.DS-LDS.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0

Copy the feature name from the command / Get-Capabilities. When you press Enter , the feature installation will begin

If the installation seems to hang, please wait patiently. It will eventually reach 100%.

Installation is going on

Once the installation is complete, you can confirm the installation with the command below:

DISM.exe /Online /Get-CapabilityInfo /CapabilityName:Rsat.ActiveDirectory.DS-LDS.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0

Here is the result of the command. The state is displayed as Installed .

The state displayed is Installed

3. Install RSAT for Active Directory in Windows 10 with PowerShell

You can also enable RSAT for Active Directory in Windows 10 using PowerShell.

Here are the steps to take:

Open PowerShell as admin.

At the Powershell command prompt, type the command below, then press Enter .

Get-WindowsCapability -Online | Where-Object {$_.Name -like "RSAT.Active*"}

The command will display the RSAT feature name for the Active Directory.

To install the feature with PowerShell, type this command then press Enter . Copy the name of the feature from the result of the previous command.

Add-WindowsCapability -Online -Name Rsat.ActiveDirectory.DS-LDS.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0

PowerShell will begin to install the feature, which may take a while to complete.

PowerShell will begin to install the feature

When the installation is complete, a result similar to the one below will be returned. If you need to restart your computer, RestartNeeded will display True.

If you need to restart your computer, RestartNeeded will display True

Finally, to confirm a successful installation, type this command, then press Enter .

Get-WindowsCapability -Online | Where-Object {$_.Name -like "RSAT.Active*"}

State shows Installed state .