Thursday, April 3, 2008

Adminpak in catchy rename

My life trying to manage Windows 2003 systems from a Vista SP1 machine has not all been easy. Cluster Administrator? Don't even try, you are more likely to break your cluster than manage it. Exchange System Manager? Only if you want to hack your registry to pretend you have IIS 5.1 installed. Remote bleedin' Desktop? Works fine except they changed the /console switch to /admin so you can't log into the desktop with very nice tools like VisionApp Remote Desktop 1.5.

So I'm using a virtual XP machine (actually a snapshot of my old desktop) to do half my work...

But apparently my life is going to be saved by the "Microsoft Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows Vista SP1 32-bit Edition". Catchy name!

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=9FF6E897-23CE-4A36-B7FC-D52065DE9960&displaylang=en

And Cluster Administrator? Still can't be used for a 2003 system. Now where's that virtual gone?