You can't install RSAT on computers that are running Home or Standard editions of Windows. You can install RSAT only on Professional or Enterprise editions of the Windows client operating system. Unless the download page specifically states that RSAT applies to a beta, preview, or other prerelease version of Windows, you must be running a full (RTM) release of the Windows operating system to install and use RSAT. Some users have found ways of manually cracking or hacking the RSAT MSU to install RSAT on unsupported releases or editions of Windows. This behavior is a violation of the Windows end-user license agreement.
Installing RSAT is similar to installing Adminpak.msi in Windows 2000-based or Windows XP-based client computers. However, there's one major difference: in Windows 7, the tools aren't automatically available after you download and install RSAT. Enable the tools that you want to use by using Control Panel. To enable the tools, click Start, click Control Panel, click Programs and Features, and then click Turn Windows features on or off.
Netdom is a command-line tool that is built into Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2. It is available if you have the Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) server role installed. It is also available if you install the Active Directory Domain Services Tools that are part of the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT). For more information, see How to Administer Microsoft Windows Client and Server Computers Locally and Remotely ( =177813). To use netdom, you must run the netdom command from an elevated command prompt. To open an elevated command prompt, click Start, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.
To use netdom, you must run the netdom command from an elevated command prompt. To open an elevated command prompt, click Start, right-click Command Prompt, and then click Run as administrator.
Renames a domain computer and its corresponding domain account. Use this command to rename domain workstations and member servers only. To rename domain controllers, use the netdom computername command.
The /reboot parameter specifies that the computer being acted upon by the specified netdom operation is shut down and automatically rebooted after the completion of the operation. When you specify the /reboot parameter, the following message and a countdown timer display on the workstation screen, prior to the Restart operation:
Back in the old days I used the netdom.exe command and I remembered there was an option to reset the machine account password with the domain controller. On the web I did some research and found a working solution for me.
Out of the box netdom.exe tool is not available on Windows 7 (I am using 32bit enterprise version). To get the command utility I had to install Remote Server Administration Tools (KB958830) and copy that on a network share.
Place netdom.exe and netdom.exe.mui in a single directory, then create an empty file called netdom.exe.local in the same directory. This basically tells netdom.exe to look in the single directory for supporting files.
Place netdom.exe and netdom.exe.mui in a single directory, then create an INF file with the following contents in the same directory. Right-click the INF file and choose Install to copy the files into the correct directories for use.
Hey, Scripting Guy! It seems that I have been hand building a number of computers recently for a computer lab we are setting up at work. I have written a batch file that uses netdom commands to join the domain. I also use a netdom command to rename the computer, and the shutdown command to restart the computer. The syntax for each of these three commands is rather complex and convoluted. A strange thing is that it seems I can do this on Windows Server R2, but I cannot do this on Windows 7. What gives
AD, the reason that you cannot use your batch file (containing netdom commands) on Windows 7 is that by default Windows 7 does not contain the netdom command. You can add netdom to your computer running Windows 7 by installing the latest version of the Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT). When it is installed, you still need to go to Programs and Features and turn on the tools you want to load. The RSAT tools are great, and that is where you gain access to the Active Directory module. But you should not load the RSAT only to access netdom, because you can do what you want to accomplish out of the box (assuming that your box is not Windows 7 Home edition that does not join domains).
AD, your batch file contained at least three commands to rename the computer, join the domain, and to restart the machine. The two netdom commands and the shutdown command are shown here.
If it still whines at you, give netdom /remove a try (man page here) and see if that will get it off your domain. If you have trouble with that, take a look at this question. It's a different scenario but essentially the same concept: trying to remove a computer from a domain when it can't contact the DC.
Install the downloaded package. We had trouble with this until we used clean boot mode, so you may have to restart the workstation after configuring for clean boot, which can be undone after this process. 153554b96e