Just ahead of the TechEd Europe 2013 kickoff, Microsoft has released the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8.1 Preview. Windows 8.1 Preview will be announced at Build this week with a preview release to be available to current Windows 8 users shortly after.

Per the download page:

Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8.1 Preview includes Server Manager, Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-ins, consoles, Windows PowerShell cmdlets and providers, and command-line tools for managing roles and features that run on Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview. In limited cases, the tools can be used to manage roles and features that are running on Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2008. Some of the tools work for managing roles and features on Windows Server 2003.

The following tools can be used to manage roles and features that are running on Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview, but are not supported for managing roles and features on Windows Server 2012.

  • IP Address Management console
  • Hyper-V tools: Although you are not blocked from using Hyper-V cmdlets for Windows PowerShell in this release of Remote Server Administration Tools to manage Hyper-V running on Windows Server 2012, this scenario is not officially supported. Managing Hyper-V on Windows Server 2012 by using GUI-based tools in this download is supported.

Download RSAT for Windows 8.1: Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8.1 Preview

The Windows 8.1 Preview site:  http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/enterprise/products-and-technologies/windows-8-1/default.aspx