For some reasons Microsoft has removed such a useful tool from RSAT (Remove Server Administration Tools) for Windows 8 and 8.1 and it’s not on Windows 2012 and 2012 R2 server either. Looking around on the internet I haven’t found many people posting a concrete solution that allowed us to use the Microsoft Terminal Services Manager for Windows 8+.
I prefer to avoid installing a 3rd party tool when Microsoft had a good application that could achieve that. Some people on forums said “why don’t you just use task manager?”. Well these people clearly never worked in a large environment .
The thing I liked the most about the Terminal Services Manager is the way I could create groups and look at all of the sessions from different servers in the same screen (still thinking about the guy who proposed to use task manager..).
Yup There’s one and it worked on my Windows 8.1 system. Other people have reported that this solution works on Servers too but to be honest, I would not apply such a solution to a server. You can, but I won’t .
I’m not sure yet whether the files required are the same on both x64 and x86 OS, I’ve done this by getting the files from a 2008 R2 (x64) machine and applied them on my Windows 8.1 x64 laptop.
- On a 2008 SP2/2008 R2 Server get the following files from C:\Windows\System32 [%systemroot%\System32]:
Note: When I did it, I already had umcRes.dll in System32 and I decided not to overwrite it.
- Copy them all in C:\Windows\System32 on the machine running Windows 8 (or 8.1, Server 2012/2012 R2).
- Copy and paste the below code in notepad and save it as a .reg file:
- Double click on the reg file you just created on the target machine in order to add these keys to the registry.
- Done! You can now start %systemroot%\System32\tsadmin.msc
Download the files
In case you do not have access to an old 2008 box, no worries, below is the zip file with those files in it (from a 2008 R2 – x64 machine). I’ve also included add_TSadmin.reg in it which takes care of step 3 for you.