Missing Active Directory Users and Computers [Fixed in 3 Ways]
- Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC) is a tool that you can control on remote computers, give them privileges and modify them.
- When Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in is missing on Windows 11, you need to check whether RSAT component is installed on your computer or not.
- RSAT (Remote Server Administration Tools) is a component required to run ADUC that you can install either by running command lines or using Windows settings.
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One of the most frustrating issues reported by many Windows Pro users is missing Active Directory Users and Computers (ADUC).
ADUC is an amazing MMC snap-in that allows administrators to manage Microsoft Active Directory.
However, it is missing in Windows Server or Enterprise/Pro versions for some reason. Let’s see why it is missing and how we can fix it.
Does Windows 11 have an Active Directory?
Active Directory is a cornerstone for any administrator who wants to manage remote computers and grant them privileges.
It runs on Windows Server. However, you can run it on Windows 11 by installing a specific Microsoft component. We will introduce you to the component in the following sections and how you can install it.
Why is Active Directory Users and Computers missing?
This may be due to missing components needed to manage computers remotely. The main component needed to run ADUC is RSAT (Remote Server Administration Tools).
Note that this is one of the Microsoft Features on Demand (FOD) that you can install. It is therefore a prerequisite for the activation of the ADUC.
It is available only for professional and pro-Windows users. Therefore, the following solutions in the following sections resolve the missing ADUC on Windows 11 Pro and Enterprise versions.
There are clever solutions to overcome this problem. However, installing RSAT is the most common way to enable ADUC.
Below, we will provide you with three ways that you may find useful to install RSAT in Windows 11: using Windows Settings, using the Command Prompt, and using PowerShell.
How to Fix Missing Active Directory Users and Computers?
1. Use Windows Settings
- First, click on the Begin menus, type settings, and select it.
- Now choose apps from the left pane.
- After that select Optional Features on the right pane.
- Left click on View Features. Now type RSAT in the search bar.
- Select RSAT: Active Directory Domain Services.
- Now click on Next.
- Then select Install.
- Wait for the installation to complete.
- After a few minutes you can see that it is installed.
2. Use Command Prompt
- Click on the Begin menus, type CMD then right click on the Command Prompt and select Execute as administrator.
- Next, type the following command line and press Walk in:
DISM.exe /Online /Add-Capability /capabilityName:Rsat.ActiveDirectory.DS- LDS.Tools~~~~0.0.1.0
- After that, wait for the installation to complete.
3. Use PowerShell
- Open the Begin menu and genre PowerShellthen click Execute as administrator.
- Next, type the following command and press Walk in:
Add-WindowsCapability -Online -Name “Rsat.ActiveDirectory.DS-LDS.Tools”
- Then you will see the following result after the installation is complete as shown in the image below.
With the RSAT installed on your Windows, you can run your ADUC program from your computer. There are two ways to access ADUC on Windows: Run the command dialog and Windows search.
How do I open Active Directory Users and Computers?
1. Use the Run command
- First, press the Windows + R keys to open the To run application.
- Then type dsa.msc and select OKAY.
2. Use Windows Search
- Click on the Begin menus, type Windows toolsand select it.
- After that, double click on it to open AUDC Windows.
You can manage remote computers and perform operations with the Active Directory Users tool.
However, if it is missing in your Windows and you want to enable it, you need to install the Remote Server Administration Tools.
If you are looking for a method to enable Active Directory Users and Computers in Windows 11 and 10, this article may help you.
In the comments section below, let us know if you were able to resolve the Active Directory missing users and computers issue.
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