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After I upgraded to windows 10 and install the RSAT tools I was ready to start managing users sessions, but tsadmin was nowhere to be found. After doing some googling I found out Microsoft removed it from Windows Server 2012. So in turn it was removed from RSAT.

I tried serval third-party apps but none felt right to me. So after some more googling I came across an easy way to get TSADMIN back!

From a windows Server 2008/2008 r2 system, copy the following files from c:\windows\system32:

Now, copy them into c:\windows\system32 on your Windows 10 PC.
Next we need to make a change to the registry, you can either copy the below text and save it locally as a registry key and run it on your computer. You can also download the key from here.

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00 [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MMC\SnapIns\FX:{3FCE72B6-A31B-43ac-ADDA-120E1E56EB0F}] “ApplicationBase”=hex(2):43,00,3a,00,5c,00,57,00,69,00,6e,00,64,00,6f,00,77,00,\ 73,00,5c,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,00,00 “About”=”{00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000}” “VersionStringIndirect”=”@C:\\Windows\\System32\\umcRes.dll,-106” “ProviderStringIndirect”=hex(2):40,00,43,00,3a,00,5c,00,57,00,69,00,6e,00,64,\ 00,6f,00,77,00,73,00,5c,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,\ 5c,00,75,00,6d,00,63,00,52,00,65,00,73,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,2c,00,2d,\ 00,31,00,30,00,32,00,00,00 “NameString”=”Remote Desktop Services Manager” “HelpTopic”=hex(2):25,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,72,00,6f,00,6f,00,\ 74,00,25,00,5c,00,68,00,65,00,6c,00,70,00,5c,00,74,00,73,00,5f,00,6d,00,61,\ 00,6e,00,61,00,67,00,65,00,72,00,2e,00,63,00,68,00,6d,00,00,00 “AssemblyName”=”tsadmin” “RuntimeVersion”=”v2.0.50215” “Description”=”Manage Remote Desktop Services sessions” “DescriptionStringIndirect”=hex(2):40,00,43,00,3a,00,5c,00,57,00,69,00,6e,00,\ 64,00,6f,00,77,00,73,00,5c,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,\ 00,5c,00,75,00,6d,00,63,00,52,00,65,00,73,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,2c,00,\ 2d,00,31,00,30,00,34,00,00,00 “LinkedHelpTopics”=hex(2):25,00,73,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,72,00,6f,\ 00,6f,00,74,00,25,00,5c,00,68,00,65,00,6c,00,70,00,5c,00,74,00,73,00,5f,00,\ 6d,00,61,00,6e,00,61,00,67,00,65,00,72,00,2e,00,63,00,68,00,6d,00,00,00 “NameStringIndirect”=hex(2):40,00,43,00,3a,00,5c,00,57,00,69,00,6e,00,64,00,6f,\ 00,77,00,73,00,5c,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,\ 75,00,6d,00,63,00,52,00,65,00,73,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,2c,00,2d,00,31,\ 00,30,00,33,00,00,00 “IconIndirect”=hex(2):40,00,43,00,3a,00,5c,00,57,00,69,00,6e,00,64,00,6f,00,77,\ 00,73,00,5c,00,53,00,79,00,73,00,74,00,65,00,6d,00,33,00,32,00,5c,00,75,00,\ 6d,00,63,00,52,00,65,00,73,00,2e,00,64,00,6c,00,6c,00,2c,00,2d,00,31,00,31,\ 00,31,00,00,00 “FxVersion”=”2.0.1.7” “Type”=”Microsoft.TerminalServices.Monitor.SnapIn.TSManagerSnapIn, tsadmin, Version=6.1.0.0, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31bf3856ad364e35” “FolderBitmapsColorMask”=dword:00000000 “ModuleName”=”tsadmin.dll” “Provider”=”Microsoft Corporation” [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MMC\SnapIns\FX:{3FCE72B6-A31B-43ac-ADDA-120E1E56EB0F}\NodeTypes] [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MMC\SnapIns\FX:{3FCE72B6-A31B-43ac-ADDA-120E1E56EB0F}\Standalone]

Now you should be able to run tsadmin.msc on your computer as normal. 

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Pixel Robots.

I’m Richard Hooper aka Pixel Robots. I started this blog in 2016 for a couple reasons. The first reason was basically just a place for me to store my step by step guides, troubleshooting guides and just plain ideas about being a sysadmin. The second reason was to share what I have learned and found out with other people like me. Hopefully, you can find something useful on the site.

1 Comment

Paul Cussen · November 15, 2018 at 1:39 am

very useful trick, thanks for sharing!

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