Most visitors to this site don’t have any need for Microsoft’s Remote Server Administration Tools (RSAT). (Among other things, it allows you to manage and connect to virtual machines on a Hyper-V server, as I’ve documented here in the past.)
But for those of you who need RSAT, here’s an important warning. Don’t install Windows 7 Service Pack 1 unless you’ve already installed RSAT. For some inexplicable reason, the RSAT installer package is incompatible with SP1. The RSAT tools will continue to work just fine if they’re already in place when you set up SP1. But if you try to install RSAT on a Windows 7 system that includes SP1, you’ll get an error message: “The update is not applicable to your computer.” The only solution at that point is to uninstall SP1, install RSAT, and reinstall SP1, a process that will take hours.
Microsoft says a new, SP1-compatible version of RSAT will be ready in April. And if that seems like a long time to produce an update for a problem that should have been obvious back in November, well, I agree. But that’s the official word:
The SP1 version of RSAT is planned for April. Telling me how important it is will not move things faster – we know it’s important. Don’t bother trying to override with DISM /Add-Package or PKGMGMR /IP, that will not work either; the top level package in the cab cannot be bypassed.
Let me know if this affects you.