Server 2008 Tutorials

This tutorial explains MMC Microsoft Management Console features such as User Modes, Author Mode, Extension Snap-Ins and Stand-Alone Snap-Ins in details.

The MMC is a powerful framework for organizing and consolidating administrative snap-ins.
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 administrative tools, called snap−ins, enable you to manage user accounts, modify computer software and service settings, install new hardware, and perform many other tasks. The Microsoft Management Console (MMC) provides the framework within which these snap-ins operate.

Click Start, and then select Run.

click on start

In the Open text box, type mmc and then click OK.

type mmc in run

A blank MMC will appear.

default mmc window

Select the File menu, and then select Add/Remove Snap-In

Add/Remove Snap-In

The Add/Remove Snap-In dialog box appears with the Standalone tab active

Standalone tab

There are two types of snap-ins, stand-alone and extension.

Stand-Alone Snap-Ins

Stand-alone snap-ins are provided by the developer of an application. All administrative tools for Windows Server 2008, for example, are either single snap-in consoles or consoles with a combination of snap-ins useful to a particular task.

Extension Snap-Ins

Extension snap-ins, or extensions, are designed to work with one or more stand-alone snap-ins. When you add an extension, Windows Server 2008 places the extension into the appropriate location within the stand-alone snap-in.

Click Add to display the Add Stand-alone Snap-In dialog box. Locate the snap-in you want to add, and then click Add.

click on add button

Many snap-ins prompt you to specify whether you wish to focus the snap-in on the local computer or another computer on the network.

select span location

When you have added all the snap-ins you require, close the dialog boxes.

close mmc

You could save MMC in two mode author mode and user mode, author mode is default mode To change the mode click on file and select options

mmc save options for user

Type of User Mode Description

mmc save mode

Author Mode

When you save a console in Author mode, which is the default, you enable full access to all of the MMC functionality, including:

  • Adding or removing snap-ins
  • Creating windows
  • Creating taskpad views and tasks
  • Viewing portions of the console tree
  • Changing the options on the console
  • Saving the console

User Modes

you should choose the user mode If you plan to distribute an MMC with specific functions. By default, consoles will be saved in the Administrative Tools folder in the users’ profile.

Full Access
Allows users to navigate between snap-ins, open windows, and access all portions of the console tree.

Limited Access, Multiple Windows
Prevents users from opening new windows or accessing a portion of the console tree but allows them to view multiple windows in the console.

Limited Access, Single Window
Prevents users from opening new windows or accessing a portion of the console tree and allows them to view only one window in the console

To save the customized MMC, select the File menu and then select Save as

mmc save

Default location of save is $windowInstallationPartition/Document and settings / $username/ Start Menu / Programs / Administrative Tools /

mmc save default location

you could change it

mmc save on other location

After saving you would see a saved mmc console file

mmc saved file