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  Adding Active Directory tools to your workstation

Grab this update from the Microsoft website, the one above I use is for 64 bit OS’s (x64), download 32 bit if you’re running 32bit OS.



After it’s been successfully installed go to the Start Menu > Control Panel and select “Programs”;




“Turn Windows Features on or off” under “Programs and Features”

The “Windows Features” dialog box will be displayed, scroll down to “Role Administration Tools” (under “Remote Server Administration Tools”) and select the the following items;

Click “OK” to make the changes.

In order to make finding these under the Start Menu a little easier right-click the Start Button and select “Properties”;


Taskbar and Start Menu Properties

Select “Customize …” and then scroll down the list until you see “System administrative tools” and choose where you want the tools to display;

Under the Start Menu you will now see an “Administrative Tools” option, under this you’ll see the new AD Tools;




Use Active directory Users and Computers to check if computers are in the “Unmanaged” OU and move them if needed to Desktop/Laptop OU’s.

Common signs a machine is in an unmanaged OU:

  • build process doesn’t complete.
  • When elevating rights, it doesn’t accept your username/password.
  • Prompts for username, password, domain when making an SCCM RT connection
  • Iprint printers don’t add after adding them via interface 

*Note: there are some machines purposely left in unamanged OU due to being a NAS server or a specific purpose, or a vendor managed machine, please leave these in unmanaged.