To ease remote server management, you can download and install Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows® 7 on computers that are running Windows 7.
You can install the Administration Tools pack on computers that are running the Windows 7 operating system, and use the Administration Tools pack to manage specific technologies on computers that are running either Windows Server® 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, or, in some cases, Windows Server 2003.
The Administration Tools pack includes support for remote management of computers that are running the Server Core installation option of either Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2008. However, Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 cannot be installed on any versions of the Windows Server operating system.
Administration Tools are secure by default. The default Administration Tools configuration opens only those ports and enables only those services and firewall exceptions required for remote management to work.
Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 can be installed on computers that are running the Professional, Enterprise, or Ultimate editions of Windows 7.
Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 runs on both x86- and x64-based editions of Windows 7, and can be used to manage roles and features that are running on either the Server Core or full installation options of the x64-based Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system. Remote management is also supported for some roles and features that run on Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2003.
Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 should not be installed on a computer that is running the Windows Server 2003 Administration Tools Pack or Windows 2000 Server® Administration Tools Pack. Remove all versions of Administration Tools Pack or Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows Vista SP1 from the computer before you install Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7.