Update: The Adminpak for Windows Server 2003 SP2 has been released.

Michael Pietroforte

Michael Pietroforte is the founder and editor of 4sysops. He is a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) with more than 30 years of experience in IT management and system administration.

Microsoft released another compatibility update for Vista. Aside from computability issues, it should also fix problems with the Adminpak (Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 1 Administration Tools Pack). However, it seems that one still needs this workaround to install the Adminpak under Vista.

This update is only recommended, so you won't probably get it automatically. You can install it thru Windows Update (Control Panel - System and Maintenance) or download it manually. I tried both ways, but I still had problems with some of the Adminpak afterwards. For example, the DNS snap-in worked, but when I started "Active Directory Users and Computers" tool, I got the message "MMC could not create the snap-in". Only after I followed the workaround, did it work without problems.

Perhaps, this compatibility update will fix other problems concerning Vista and Adminpak. Some commented here that the workaround didn't help in their case. If you are lucky, this update will solve your problem.

The two posts, I wrote, about this issue are currently the most often viewed posts on 4sysops (see right sidebar). Together they have already about 50,000 page views. Obviously, there are many sys admins out there struggling with this problem. I really wonder why Microsoft is still not able to offer an update for this.

By the way, who is this joker trying to manipulate my ranking? Someone is trying to push some articles here. What's the sense of this? I deducted those counts.

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