This step-by-step article describes how to install the Active Directory administrative tools to a Windows 2000 Professional-based computer. With Windows 2000 Administration Tools (included on the Windows 2000 Server and Windows 2000 Advanced Server CD-ROMs), you can manage a server remotely from any computer that is running Windows 2000. Windows 2000 Administration Tools contain Microsoft Management Console snap-ins, Active Directory administrative tools, and other tools that are used to manage computers that are running Windows 2000 Server, and which are not provided with Windows 2000 Professional.
After you install the Windows 2000 Administrative Tools, you can also remotely run administrative tasks on Active Directory by using the Active Directory administrative tools from a computer that is not a domain controller (DC). The Active Directory administrative tools can only be used from a computer with access to a Windows 2000 domain.
NOTE: You must have administrative permissions for the local computer to install and run Windows 2000 Administration Tools, and you must have Domain administrative permissions for the domain that you want to run administrative tasks on to remotely manage a server.
To install Windows 2000 Administration Tools on a local computer:
Open the I386 folder on the appropriate Windows 2000 Server CD-ROM. The latest version of the Windows 2000 Administration Tools is on the latest Windows 2000 service pack CD-ROM.
Double-click the Adminpak.msi file.
Click Next, and then click Finish.
The Adminpak.msi file installs the Active Directory administrative tools, and other administrative tools, including the Terminal Services Client and Cluster Administrator.
Configure the Windows 2000 Professional Workstation
To use the Windows 2000 Administration Tools to remotely run administrative tasks on a DC, you must first join the computer to the domain and have a valid user name and password with permissions to create a computer account:
Start the System tool in Control Panel.
On the Network Identification tab, click Properties.
Under Member of, click Domain, type the name of the domain you want to join, and then click OK.
You are prompted to provide a user name and user password to join the computer to the domain.
Click OK to close the System Properties dialog box.
You are prompted to restart your computer to apply your changes.