If, like me, you’ve been keenly awaiting RSAT for Windows 8, there’s been a spot of confusion lately. Some people were declaring that the RTM tools were available even though the page was clearly labelled “Release Preview”, then the page disappeared from the Microsoft Download Center completely. Happily though, the wait is over and you can now download 32- or 64-bit versions:
Remote Server Admin Tools for Windows 8
This is good news for people who want to use the new Server Manager to manage their infrastructure from their desktop (Windows Server 2012 will work natively, obviously, and you can add support to Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and Windows Server 2008 SP2 servers by installing WMF 3.0 on them). It’s even better news for people who want the PowerShell modules that come with Windows Server 2012 on their desktop!
Yesterday Microsoft posted the Release Preview of Windows 8 for download. You can go and get the setup executable from:
Download Windows 8 Release Preview
If you want ISO images so you can prep some removable media, you need to go to:
Windows 8 Release Preview ISO images
Once you’ve installed the Windows 8 Release Preview, if you’re one of those lucky, lucky people who spends their day managing Windows Server, you’ll also want to get these:
Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 Release Preview
If you’re one of the enlightened people who uses Windows PowerShell, but you can’t upgrade to Windows 8 RP just yet, then you can still get the version 3.0 Release Candidate goodness on Windows 7 SP1 or Windows Server 2008 SP2 or Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1:
Windows Management Framework 3.0 – RC
If you’re looking to try the Release Candidate of Windows Server 2012, then you want to go to:
Download Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate (RC) Datacenter
Lots of new fun things to play with. Thank goodness we have a long holiday weekend in the UK to be able to get all this installed!