How to add the Exchange Tabs and Tasks to the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in without loading Exchange System Manager

July 10, 2012

in 2007, Exchange, Microsoft


  1. Need access to the Adminpak.msi located on the Windows 2003 Server CD-ROM in the …\i386 directory. You can also download from
  2. Access to the …\Exchsrvr\bin directory on your Exchange 2003 Server.
  3. Windows XP client


  1. Open a command prompt.
  2. Change to the directory where the adminpak.msi file is located.
  3. Enter the following command: “msiexec /i adminpak.msi ADDLOCAL=FeADMgmtConsole /qb“.
    This will load the DSA tool along with DNS, AD Sites and Services and AD Domains & TrustReference article “” for detailed instructions on how to use this command.
    Note: I would recommend using a GPO to restirct access to the DNS and the AD tools to prevent your helpdesk from using these tools. The install also creates a MSC called Active Directory Management located in the Administrative Tools folder which you may want to delete. The install WILL NOT create a shortcut to the ADU&C, ADS&S, ADD&T or DNS tools in your Administrative Tools directory…you’ll have to create them on your own. The install will only load the snap-ins.
  4. Copy the following DLLs from your Exchange 2003 server (Default location: C:\Program Files\ExchSrvr\Bin) to your local c:\windows\system32 directory.
  5. Open a command promt (or use the one from Step 1).
  6. Change to the c:\windows\system32 directory.
  7. Enter the command: regsvr32 maildsmx.dll.
  8. Done.

Now you can create a custom MMC with only the ADU&C snap-in. This snap-in will have full access to the Exchange Tabs and Tasks with a minimal footprint on the client. One who is so inclined could even package it up as an MSI and publish it to their helpdesk staff via a GPO.

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Elliott Shafii August 13, 2012 at 7:37 am

Do you know if this is possible on Windows 7? Also if you don’t have access to the Exchange server is it still possible.

Matt September 6, 2012 at 11:02 am

I haven’t tested it with Windows 7. I haven’t worked with Exchange 2003 on an ongoing basis in many years so I can’t validate your scenario. I would imagine it could work in Windows 7, you would just need to use the Windows 7 RSAT (