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Setting up an
Admin workstation

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You may just want to use one of Wayne's ICC Management Station VMs at http://virtual.ifas.ufl.edu as those already have the RSAT tools and more. If you use one of those VMs and want to make a custom console as described below you will need to save it to a location that both your GL and your IF-ADMN credentials have access...such as your user folder on the IFAS file server. That said...


  1. Fully patched Windows 7 SP1 machine
  2. System logged in as Gatorlink user
  3. IF-ADMN-Gatorlink and IF-ADML-Gatorlink accounts created (if not, email ". IFAS-ITNS LAN Systems")

Install the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 with Service Pack 1 (SP1):

  1. Download and install the appropriate file (32-bit or 64-bit depending on what platform you are running) from here
  2. Follow carefully the instructions on that site

Set up a custom "UFAD" MMC Console

  1. Use Windows key-R to bring up the run menu
  2. Type "mmc" and press Enter, elevating to your "if-admn" credentials when prompted
  3. Select the desired snap-ins one-at-a-time, clicking Add after each
  4. Depending on need, the suggested snaps may include the following (and more)...
    • Active Directory Users and Computers
    • Group Policy Management
    • DHCP
    • Printer Management (use if-srvv-print for campus or your local MPS)
    • etc.
  5. When all the snap-ins you want are added, click the OK button.
  6. For the DHCP plug-in you will have to right-click and "Add server" and select an appropriate authorized server
  7. Once you have things as you want them, use the File > Save As menu
  8. Type UFAD.msc in the File name field
  9. Save it to your GL profile's desktop (or some other location accessible to both your GL and if-admn account)
  10. You can always change things and resave later should you wish to make alterations in your custom console

Pin to taskbar and run

  1. Drag the file from your desktop (or wherever you saved it) to the taskbar to pin it
  2. Click pinned shortcut to run...elevate to your IF-ADMN credentials and off you go...

last edited 15 February 2013 by Steve Lasley