Now while it may be true that the RSAT tool essentially provides remote management tools, they are currently associated with a range of drawbacks:
- The need for an adequate client OS
- No RSAT tools for cross-platform management
- RSAT tools need to be reinstalled following Windows 10 in-place upgrade
- Management via PowerShell, Windows Remote Management etc.
- A comparatively high number of ports needed for remote management
In the Azure Server Management Tools, Windows developed a web-based solution for server management. Integrated in the Azure portal, the solution was able to replicate the basic activities of server management in a HTML5 browser, including functions like a browser-based PowerShell session. But many customers were put off by the dependence on the cloud. Microsoft has now responded to its customers’ feedback and developed an on-premises solution. The available Azure SMT solution was withdrawn on 30 June 2017 .