Technology Advice by Ryan Taylor Adams

Restore the “Dial-in” Tab for Active Directory on Windows 7 (Updated for 64-bit Systems)

August 8th, 2010 · No Comments · Printer Friendly Version


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After you install Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 on a computer that is running Windows 7, the Dial-in tab is missing in the properties of a user account in the Active Directory Users and Computers Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in. While Microsoft is aware of this problem, they don’t offer a real solution. Instead they offer several workarounds which all require you to use another computer (not running Windows 7). If you want to actually fix the problem, and restore the Dial-in tab on the Windows 7 computer you are using, I’ve found a way.

The issue occurs because the installer for the Windows 7 RSAT (remote server administration tools) is missing two DLL files needed for the Dial-in tab. I’ve found that by using the some DLL files found in the Server 2003/2008 RSAT installer, you can restore the Dial-in tab with full functionality. To do this:

  1. Make sure the Windows 7 Remote Server Administration Tools (choose 32-bit/64-bit as appropriate for your system) are already installed.
  2. Download this EXE file to your desktop.
  3. Double-click the downloaded file, and when prompted, extract the files to the root of the same drive Windows is installed on (generally “c:\”).
  4. Go to where you extracted the files and look for the Install.cmd file.
  5. Right-click the Install.cmd file and select “Run as administrator”.
  6. You’ll need to tell the script if you are using a 32-bit or 64-bit system; follow the prompts.
  7. You may get several dialog boxes informing you about the installation progress. Press OK on any such windows.
  8. That’s it!

You may need to restart your computer to see the Dial-in tab.

Thanks to Scott Marty for the help with getting this to work on 64-bit systems.

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