Microsoft recently released a new Insider build that included a really cool feature that I am sure all IT Pros have been waiting for. RSAT on Demand! What this means is no more downloading the latest RSAT from the Microsoft website with every Windows 10 feature update. In this article, I am going to walk through the steps to enable this. You will need to have insider build 17682 or later. I believe it will be live on Windows 10 1809.

Configure using the GUI

Open up Windows settings and then go to Optional Features

Click on Add a feature You should now see a list of optional features you can add. In this list, you will find a list of RSAT options. You may need to scroll down.

Just click the one you would like to install and click Install

You can also install them using PowerShell! I will show you how below.

The PowerShell Way

To get a list of what RSAT tools you can install, use the following command.

Get-WindowsCapability -Online | ? Name -like 'RSAT*'
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To install just one you can use the following command.

Add-WindowsCapability -Online -Name Rsat.Dns.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0
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If you want to install all of the RSAT options you can use the following PowerShell command.

Get-WindowsCapability -Online | ? Name -like 'RSAT*' | Add-WindowsCapability -Online
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You may get an error. As this is still in preview, it is to be expected. Just run the command again, or find out which RSAT option was causing the issue and try installing it on its own.

I hope you found this article helpful. If you have any questions please reach out using the usual methods.


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.

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