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Update: RSAT for Windows 7 SP1 is now available for download.
It appears I was a bit too rash with my claim that no workaround exists that allows you to install RSAT (Remote Server Administration Tools) on Windows 7 SP1. Of course, there is always a workaround. The only problem is that we often don't know about it. In this case, a 4sysops reader (chibisuke) knew the workaround and shared it on 4sysops. Thanks!
I guess those of you who are responsible for patch management have heard of the trick before. I tried it with RSAT on Windows 7 SP1, and it appeared to work fine. However, I didn't try all of the management tools to see if they work flawlessly. It might be safer to uninstall SP1 and then install RSAT or you wait until Microsoft released the RSAT version for Windows 7 SP1 which be the case in April (Andreas, thanks for the hint.)
In the description of this workaround, I assume that you want to install x86fre_GRMRSAT_MSU.msu. If you need amd64fre_GRMRSATX_MSU.msu, you have to change the file names accordingly. I also assume that you downloaded the RSAT MSU file to c:\tmp.The workaround description is slightly different than in chibisuke's comment.
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Install RSAT on Windows 7 SP1 ^
- Launch a command prompt with Administrator rights.
- Execute the following commands:
expand -f:* c:\tmp\ rsat-windows-7-x86fre_GRMRSAT_MSU c:\rsat
pkgmgr /n:Windows6.1-KB958830-x86.xml /l:log.txt
- Wait until this line appears in c:\log.txt: DISM Provider Store: PID=1120 Releasing the local reference to DISMLogger. Stop logging….
- Launch the "Turn Windows Feature on or off" applet in the Control Panel under Programs, and enable the Remote Server Administration Tools or Role Administration Tools you need.
Step 3 is useful because it tells you when the installation of RSAT is completed. Chibisuke mentioned that a reboot prompt will appear when Package Manager is done, but this didn't happen in my case. I guess this means that no reboot was required, but I restarted anyway. Note that I didn't verify if the log message in 3 always appears at the end of the RSAT installation. Another sign that the installation completed is that when your hard drive stops spinning like wild.
Did this workaround work for you? Let me know.