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but hosts tools that do . save. software. and network components of your Windows system. and open administrative tools (called MMC consoles) that manage the hardware.Microsoft Management Console (MMC) Overview • You can use Microsoft Management Console (MMC) to create. • MMC does not perform administrative functions.

working with existing MMC consoles to administer a system. . • Author Mode .creating new consoles or modifying existing MMC consoles.General Ways to Use MMC • User Mode .

. • The right pane contains the details pane. • The Tree tab (console tree) shows the items that are available in a given console. and functions pertaining to. • The Details pane shows information about. these items.A new MMC console consists of a window divided into two panes • The left pane contains two tabs: the Tree tab and the Favorites tab.

.Administrators Use of Group Policy Used to restrict or allow access to specific snap-ins or restrict the ability of a user or group to use author mode in MMC.

as well as run command-line functions. – Create additional console windows that provide views of the various items that make up a console. – Create taskpad views that contain shortcut links to run menu commands from different locations and tools in the console.MMC in Author Mode • Used to create new consoles or modify existing consoles. .

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or wizards to a snap-in. additional toolbars. or it may add context menu items. additional property pages. • Extension snap-ins .An extension snap-in is always added to a stand-alone or extension snap-in that is already on the console tree. • you can only add snap-ins that are installed on the computer you are using to author a console use MMC to download any snap-ins not locally installed. • A new snap-in or extension may appear as a new item in the console tree. but available in the Active Directory directory service. .MMC Snap-ins • Stand-alone snap-ins.

running command lines. opening property pages. – These shortcuts are used to run tasks such as starting wizards. and opening Web pages. – A taskpad view can be configured to contain all the tasks a given user might need – Multiple taskpad views can be created in a console to group tasks by function or user.Taskpad Views and Tasks • Taskpad views are pages used to add views of the details pane of a console. as well as shortcuts to functions both inside and outside a given console. performing menu commands. .

Console Tree • The console tree shows the items that are available in a console. controls. • Administrative functions can be created for a console by adding items to the console. . • The only item on the console tree for a new console is a folder labeled Console Root. Web pages. and other tools. • Console tree items can include folders. snap-ins.

The Favorites List • The Favorites list is located on the Favorites tab in the left pane of a new MMC console. – Favorites list can be used to organize taskpad views. . • Shortcuts to often used tools or tools that are several levels down in the console tree. – Favorites list can create shortcuts to items in the console tree. – The tab appears automatically when a console is opened in author mode or when items are already added to the Favorites list in a console.

.Using MMC Consoles • You may need to use only saved MMC consoles that are part of your operating system or an application or you may never need to build custom consoles of your own.

Navigation in MMC • You can move through an MMC console tree by expanding and collapsing branches as needed with the plus sign and minus sign keys or by clicking and double-clicking with the mouse. .

MMC Navigation Keystrokes MMC Mouse Navigation Actions .