Windows 10 in place upgrade Task Sequence, auto re-install RSAT.

I was testing the in place upgrade of 1511 to 1607, once I logged back in, I noticed my ADUC & Group Policy tools where missing, then remembered that the upgrade removes Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT).  Since I already had it setup as an application, I figured I could add a couple steps to check if I have it, then reinstall it after the upgrade.

A nice overview of the Upgrade TS Option in CM1606 here:
And a quick overview here:

I’ve heavily modified the TS to include upgrading from Windows 7 and 8.1 computer if they already have bios set to UEFI.  However, I’ll go into that in a future post, for now, I just want to cover RSAT in 1511 to 1607.

  1. First step was to create at TS Variable if RSAT is installed.
    1. Create a step “Set Task Sequence Variable”, I called my variable “RSATInstalled” and set it to true.
    2. Have it run if the following conditions are met, WMI Query: select * from Win32_QuickFixEngineering where HotFixID like"KB2693643"
  2. Now, after it upgrades and installs 1607,
    1. Create an Install Application Step and point it to your RSAT Install for Windows 10.
    2. Set it to run if the TS Variable “RSATInstalled” equals true

You’re all set, after upgrading to 1607 using your Upgrade TS, you’ll see RSAT was reinstalled, and you’re ready to do your Remote Administration.

To make the application for RSAT, here is a good walk-through:

3 thoughts on “Windows 10 in place upgrade Task Sequence, auto re-install RSAT.”

  1. Thank you for this. I was just sitting here wondering about this. I use RSAT PowerShell AD feature on all my systems but like to disable all the other modules. I noticed in Windows 10 now when I install RSAT, every feature is installed but in Windows 7 all features were disabled after RSAT installation. Is there a way that I could also add the ability to disable all the RSAT features after installation except for the PowerShell AD feature?

  2. Hi Greg,

    I believe if you do a reboot after the step "Install RSAT (If previously installed)" and then run a Powershell script with the following command:
    Get-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online | Where{$_.Featurename -like 'RSATClient*' -and $_.FeatureName -notmatch 'RSATClient-Roles-AD-Powershell' -and $_.FeatureName -ne 'RSATClient'} | ForEach{Disable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -featurename $_.featurename -NoRestart}

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