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.