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Install Active Directory Administrative Center

Applies To: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012

You can install Active Directory Administrative Center any of the following ways:

  • By default, when you install the Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) server role through Server Manager

  • By default, when you make a Windows Server 2008 R2 server a domain controller by running Dcpromo.exe

  • With Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT).

For detailed information about installing the AD DS server role, see Steps for Installing AD DS (


By default, the Active Directory Administrative Center is installed with the Active Directory module for Windows PowerShell and the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5.1. The Active Directory module and the .NET Framework 3.5.1 must be installed for the Active Directory Administrative Center to function correctly.
So that you can use the Active Directory Administrative Center to manage an Active Directory domain, the Active Directory Web Services (ADWS) service must be installed on at least one domain controller in the domain.

Special considerations for Active Directory Administrative Center

  • Active Directory Administrative Center can be installed on computers running Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 or later. Active Directory Administrative Center cannot be installed on computers running Windows® 2000, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008, or Windows Vista.

  • You cannot use Active Directory Administrative Center to manage Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS) instances and configuration sets.

  • For Windows Server 2012, Active Directory Administrative Center can be run on any computer that can run Remote Server Administration Tools.

  • For Windows Server 2008 R2, Active Directory Administrative Center is available in the following editions:

    • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard

    • Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise

    • Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter

  • Active Directory Administrative Center is not available in the following editions of Windows Server 2008 R2:

    • Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-Based Systems

    • Windows Web Server 2008 R2

    • The Server Core option of any edition of Windows Server 2008 R2


To function correctly, Active Directory Administrative Center relies on the ADWS service, which requires TCP port 9389 to be open on the domain controller where ADWS is running. If you configure your firewall by using a Group Policy object (GPO), you must update the GPO to make sure that this port is open for ADWS.