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The official name for the so-called Adminpak is Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 Administration Tools Pack. For earlier versions, the name of the setup file was admipak.msi, hence the name Adminpak. You will also often find Adminpack. It is a collection of free administration tools which allow you to remotely manage a Windows Server. Basically, they are the same management tools that are installed on a Windows server, the Adminpak just installs them on a workstation.

In former times I used them often, meanwhile I prefer to manage a server in a terminal server session. However, I know that many administrators still value them. The current version doesn't seem to run on Windows Vista. On Windows Connected, you'll find instruction how to install the Windows 2003 SP1 Admin Pack on Windows Vista Beta 2. By the way, there is a newer Adminpak, the Windows Server 2003 R2 Administration Tools Pack. I don't know if the instructions also work for this version.

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    Matt 17 years ago

    I can get it to install, but I get the error, "MMC could not create the snap-in" when I try to run any items from the adminpak.
    Any ideas?

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    David Chan 17 years ago

    I got the same error when using Active Diretory snap-in’s like AD Users and Computers etc.
    Any idea how to fix this?

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    SumoBear 17 years ago

    I installed the R2 Adminpak on Vista Pre-RC1 Build 5536 with no issues no questions today. Excellent!

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    Scottie Lipa 17 years ago
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    tonyb 17 years ago

    can get it to install, but I get the error, “MMC could not create the snap-in” when I try to run any items from the adminpak.
    Any ideas?

    This is due to the version of vista .. x86 is the windows 2003 server sp1 and the x64 is the R2 pack.

    problem is DHCP does not work .. lets you in but you cannot view the scopes.

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    david 17 years ago

    no go for me. My vista RDP broke – keeps complaining can’t load mstscax.dll, even though there appears nothing wrong with it, and worked before.

    So tried the MMC solution. Everything installs OK, but trying to connect gives “Navigation to the webpage was cancelled” – WTF?

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    Mr.Yo 16 years ago

    Fixed! “You experience installation errors and compatibility problems when you install Windows Server 2003 management tools on a Windows Vista-based computer.”


    Basically, you create a script, which registers a bunch of DLL files.

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    Juan 15 years ago

    Copy and Paste the following script on a .cmd file like indicated and run it.

    @echo off

    REM RegisterAdminPak.cmd
    REM (c) 2006 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

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

    for %%i in (%filelist%) do (
    echo Registering %%i …
    regsvr32 /s %%i

    Echo Command Completed


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