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Here are my notes on Microsoft's Management Console (MMC).


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    Set this at top of window. Microsoft Management Consoles

      .msc MMC Console files specify the snap-ins hosted by the MMC utility. Snap-ins added directly to the MMC console are called stand-alone snap-ins. A snap-in which extends the functionality of utilities already part of the console is called an MMC extension.

      Open a pre-configured .msc file such as "Active Directory Users And Computers" or "Computer Management":

        From within Windows Explorer,

        Right-click a .msc file then click shortcut menu command Author

      The console Tree pane displays the collection of snap-ins displayed on the Microsoft Management [Command] Console can be saved in a .msc file.

      Most administrators initiate the MMC by opening a custom MMC console file in /author mode by creating a shortcut which points to a command such as this (for a remote computer named C1):

        %systemroot%/mmc.exe folder/file.msc /a /computer=C1

      Remember that a message is not issued if the target computer is not set up to allow remote-computer management, so look at the top-level entry for a snap-in to confirm that you're working with the target computer you want.

      And since the MMC is the most frequent tool used by System Administrators, the link should be easily accessible on the desktop or on top of the Windows Start bar.

      Specify General access options when creating msc file for Users (such as secretaries):

      • "User mode-limited access" allows users access only to areas that were visible when the MMC was last saved in author mode. It only has Action and View pull-down menus.
      • "multiple window" allows users to create new windows.
      • "single window" does not allow users to create new windows.

      Administrators can define Group Policies to restrict or allow access to specific snap-ins or restrict the ability of a user or group to use author mode in MMC.


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    Set this at top of window. MMC files

      MSC File Name in WINNT\System32\ or other location specified Snap-in Name What is managed (Features) Note
      - ActiveX Control - single category
      Adsiedit.msc ADSI Group Policy Editor - Installed as part of Windows 2000 Support Tools.
      gpedit.msc Group Policy (Editor) Computer Configuration
      User Configuration
      each with Software Settings, Windows Settings, and Administrative Templates
      dns.msc Domain Name Service - dnscmd.exe
      ?.msc Security Configuration and Analysis (Editor) Compares a security database for inconsistencies against 13 preconfigured templates such as basicsv.inf (or your own) in WINNT\Security\template. secedit.exe
      secpol.msc Local Security Settings Account Policies, Local Policies, Public Key Policies, IP Security Policies on Local Machine -
      in Server WINNT\System32\
      Domain Controller Security Policy same as above -
      in Server WINNT\System32\
      Domain Security Policy same as above -
      in Server WINNT\System32\ \inetsrv
      IIS HTMLA is WEB-Based manager for IIS 5 -
      sfumgmt.msc [Server For] UNIX Admin Integrates with Server for PCNFS or Server for NIS to provide user authentication of NFS (UNIX/Linus) clients. Allows them to access files on a Win 2000 Pro/Server computer. -
      dfsgui.msc DFS (Distributed File Services) - -
      in Program Files \Common Files \Microsoft \Shared \MSInfo
      System Information - -
      in WINNT\System32\
      Computer Management System Tools, Storage, Services and Applications -
      in WINNT\System32\
      Device Manager - -
      in Program Files \Common Files \Microsoft \Shared \web server extensions \40 \bin
      Front Page Server Extensions From Console Root: -
      in WINNT\System32\
      Certificates - -
      in WINNT\System32\
      Indexing Service - right-click My Computer | Manage | Computer Management | Services And Applications
      in WINNT\System32\
      DIsk Defragmenter - -
      in WINNT\System32\
      Disk Management - -
      in WINNT\System32\
      Event Viewer Application Log, Security Log, System Log -
      in WINNT\System32\
      Fax Service Management - -
      in WINNT\System32\
      Shared Folders Shares, Sessions, Open Files -
      in WINNT\System32\
      Internet Authentication Service (Local) - -
      in WINNT\System32\
      Local Users and Groups (Manager) Users, Groups -
      in WINNT\System32\
      Removable Storage Media Pools, Physical Locations, Work Queue, Operator Requests -
      in WINNT\System32\
      Removable Storage Operator Requests - -
      in WINNT\System32\
      Performance (Monitor) From Console Root:
      System Monitor, Performance Logs and Alerts
      in WINNT\System32\
      Windows Management Infrastructure (Instrumentation service) WMI Control -
      in WINNT\System32\ \Com
      Component Services From Console Root: -
      in WINNT\System32\
      {Services} - -
      Active Directory Connector Management - -
      in Server WINNT\System32\
      QoS [Quality of Service] Admission Control - -
      in Server WINNT\System32\
      Active Directory Domains and Trusts - -
      in Server WINNT\System32\
      Active Directory Users and Computers - -
      in Server WINNT\System32\
      AD Sites and Services - -
      in Server WINNT\System32\
      Routing and Remote Access - -
      Sidwalk.msc* SIDWalker Security Manager - Installed as part of Windows 2000 Support Tools.
      in Server WINNT\System32\
      Telephony - -
      in Server WINNT\System32\
      Terminal Services Configuration - -
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    Set this at top of window. MMC GUI Options

      If you select View:
      The Console window contains the child windows which are actual MMC consoles. Each console window contains a command bar controlling a view window with a detail pane.

      The Console Tree dispalys the hiearchical organization of the contained snap-ins.

      the two types of snap-ins: stand-alone and extension. some snap-ins can also act as an extension

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