Active directory Users and Computers not showing in Administrative Tools? Here’s How to Install it!

ad ds and ad lds tools

We've recently upgraded all servers to Windows 2012 Server R2 and noticed that Active Directory Users and Computers is not showing in Administrative tools dialog box. So we've figured we'd show you how to install them quickly. This process will also install Active Directory Administrative Center, Active Directory Domains and Trusts, Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell, Active Directory Sites and Services and ADSI Edit.

Here's how to install Active Directory Users and Computers in Windows Server 2012 R2:

  1. Click with Windows Icon at the Bottom Right Corner of your Screen, and click “Server Manager” when the menu opens
    server manager screenshot
  2. When the Server Manager Dashboard displays, click the “Add Roles and Features” link to open the Wizard
    click on roles and features link
  3. When the Add Roles and Features Wizard appears, click “Next” through all the screens with the Default settings selected until you get to the “Features” tab, as seen below:
    features tab
  4. Within the Features tab, Scroll down until you reach the “Remote Server Administration Tools” section and Expand that section, then Expand the “Role Administration Tools” section as well.
    Then CHECK the “AD DS and AD LDS Tools” checkbox, as seen below and Click NEXT button.
    ad ds and ad lds tools
  5. At this point, you will see a screen with a confirmation, click the INSTALL button as seen below to Finish the installation.
    install screen

The installation process should take a couple minutes and then you should be able to access ADUC from within the Administrative Tools window as usual. Along with ADUC, you will have installed the following tools as well:

  • Active Directory Administrative Center
  • Active Directory Domains and Trusts
  • Active Directory Module for Windows PowerShell
  • Active Directory Sites and Services
  • Active Directory Users and Computers
  • ADSI Edit

Hope this has helped you get back your trusted Active Directory tools for managing AD and your Windows server environment.

Marc Wilson

Marc is one of the Editors of PCWDLD & loves to get his Hands into Things he Shouldn't. He's passionate about Networking (Cisco, etc), Microsoft Server and has a knack for Audio Engineering as well. With an Extensive History in Windows Server Administration and Exchange Server Administration, Marc is paving the Future for newcomers to learn more about Tools & Software they can use to make your job easier!