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RSAT vs RDC


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#1 jefferj54

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Posted 19 April 2016 - 03:40 PM

Hi. In a Windows environment (obviously), what is the difference between RSAT and a standard RDC (with SSL) in terms of security? I realize that RSAT is a web based app. Are there any security advantages in a web based app as compared to an RDC (SSL) app?

 

 

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Posted 20 April 2016 - 10:54 AM

Apples and oranges.

 

Remote Server Administration Tools is for remotely admining servers

http://windowsitpro.com/windows-10/remote-server-administration-tools-windows-10-released

 

Remote Desktop is for direct access to servers/workstations.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remote_Desktop_Protocol



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Posted 20 April 2016 - 03:50 PM

To Wand3r3r,

 

Thanks. So another words, I can't remotely administer my Server with Remote Desktop?

 

 

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Posted 21 April 2016 - 12:04 PM

Yep but using msc

https://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc770759.aspx

 

though using MMC is the way to go

https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb742442.aspx



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Posted 24 April 2016 - 09:00 AM

It depends on what you mean by "remotely". If you have a secure connection between your workstation and the LAN segment the server is on, you can safely RDP in and manage it that way. We do that where I work on a regular basis for servers that are not domain controllers.

 

RSAT is more for managing Active Directory and DCs, although there are some other functions in RSAT you can use for non-DC servers.

 

You can also use PowerShell for remote management of DCs, servers, Exchange servers and Lync servers.

 

However, if by "remote" you mean connecting to said servers from outside your work network, like over the Internet, you'll want some sort of VPN solution to encrypt that traffic. You don't want to open up your firewall to allow direct outside connections to any of your servers.



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Posted 24 April 2016 - 09:39 AM

Thank you, sflattechguy. Everyone is saying pretty much the same thing and a few different things according to their preferences. I guess can stop wasting everyone"s time by virtualizing RSAT to see what everything looks like, eh?  joe.






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