Adding Remote Desktop MMC Snap-in for Windows Vista

July 3rd, 2009

A lot of Sys Admins use the RDP Snap-in, on either Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 because it makes it far easier to manage mutliple machines. Unfortunatelty, this feature isn’t available in any version of Windows Vista.

However, due to the similarities between 2003 and Vista, you can get it working, with a bit of tinkering, here’s how.

Step 1 – Download and install the adminpak.msi for Windows Server 2003 and install it on your Vista machine. Both

Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Administration Tools Pack and Windows Server 2003 R2 Administration Tools Pack

can be installed onto Vista without error. Unfortunately, you might run into one or two error messages if you use Active Directory Users and Computers on your Vista machine.  So there’s more to be done.

Step 2 – Open an elevated permission command prompt, (Right click on ‘Cmd’ and chose ‘Run as Administrator) and register the following dll’s

regsvr32 /s adprop.dll
regsvr32 /s azroles.dll
regsvr32 /s azroleui.dll
regsvr32 /s ccfg95.dll
regsvr32 /s certadm.dll
regsvr32 /s certmmc.dll
regsvr32 /s certpdef.dll
regsvr32 /s certtmpl.dll
regsvr32 /s certxds.dll
regsvr32 /s cladmwiz.dll
regsvr32 /s clcfgsrv.dll
regsvr32 /s clnetrex.dll
regsvr32 /s cluadmex.dll
regsvr32 /s cluadmmc.dll
regsvr32 /s cmproxy.dll
regsvr32 /s cmroute.dll
regsvr32 /s cmutoa.dll
regsvr32 /s cnet16.dll
regsvr32 /s debugex.dll
regsvr32 /s dfscore.dll
regsvr32 /s dfsgui.dll
regsvr32 /s dhcpsnap.dll
regsvr32 /s dnsmgr.dll
regsvr32 /s domadmin.dll
regsvr32 /s dsadmin.dll
regsvr32 /s dsuiwiz.dll
regsvr32 /s imadmui.dll
regsvr32 /s lrwizdll.dll
regsvr32 /s mprsnap.dll
regsvr32 /s msclus.dll
regsvr32 /s mstsmhst.dll
regsvr32 /s mstsmmc.dll
regsvr32 /s nntpadm.dll
regsvr32 /s nntpapi.dll
regsvr32 /s nntpsnap.dll
regsvr32 /s ntdsbsrv.dll
regsvr32 /s ntfrsapi.dll
regsvr32 /s rasuser.dll
regsvr32 /s rigpsnap.dll
regsvr32 /s rsadmin.dll
regsvr32 /s rscommon.dll
regsvr32 /s rsconn.dll
regsvr32 /s rsengps.dll
regsvr32 /s rsjob.dll
regsvr32 /s rsservps.dll
regsvr32 /s rsshell.dll
regsvr32 /s rssubps.dll
regsvr32 /s rtrfiltr.dll
regsvr32 /s schmmgmt.dll
regsvr32 /s tapisnap.dll
regsvr32 /s tsuserex.dll
regsvr32 /s uddi.mmc.dll
regsvr32 /s vsstskex.dll
regsvr32 /s w95inf16.dll
regsvr32 /s w95inf32.dll
regsvr32 /s winsevnt.dll
regsvr32 /s winsmon.dll
regsvr32 /s winsrpc.dll
regsvr32 /s winssnap.dll
regsvr32 /s ws03res.dll

Step 3 – At this point a lot of people have had a mixture of success in attempting to add the ‘Remote Desktops’  through the MMC Snap-in, it just doesn’t appear in there for some people. The easiest way around it is simply to add a shortcut to the tsmmc.msc file, I’ve added this to my Desktop, and it can be launched without elevated permission to bring up the Remote Management Screen.

Step 4 – Now it’s just a question of adding your connections and you’re away.