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Create custom management consoles in Windows 2000 Server

Not only does the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) provide a common interface through which administrators can manage servers and services, but it also enables administrators to create custom management consoles that bring together any combination of administrative tools. Learn how to add snap-ins to a single MMC console in Windows 2000 Server.

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The introduction of the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) was a big step forward in providing a seamless, consistent interface for administration and management in Windows Server platforms. Not only does the MMC provide a common interface through which administrators can manage servers and services, but it also enables administrators to create custom management consoles that bring together any combination of administrative tools.

It's a relatively easy process to add snap-ins for specific tasks to a single MMC console. Follow these steps:

  1. Go to Start | Run, and enter MMC in the Open text box.
  2. In the MMC, choose Console, and select Add/Remove Snap-in.
  3. Click Add, choose a snap-in from the list, and click Add.
  4. If prompted, specify any additional information, add other snap-ins as needed, and click Close.
  5. In the Add/Remove Snap-in dialog box, click the Extensions tab.
  6. By default, the MMC adds all extensions for a selected snap-in, but you can remove some if you don't need them. Deselect the Add All Extensions check box, and then deselect the check boxes for each extension you want to omit from the console.
  7. Click OK.

You might prefer to use a taskpad view for certain snap-ins, which provides a graphical interface for the snap-in and can simplify accomplishing frequent tasks with the console.

To create a taskpad view, follow these steps:

  1. Select the snap-in in the left pane, and choose Action | New Taskpad View.
  2. Use the wizard to specify the taskpad view type and other settings.
  3. After you click Finish, the MMC starts the New Task Wizard, which you can use to add specific commands to the taskpad and set properties such as description and icon.
  4. To add other tasks after the wizard completes, go to Actions | Edit Taskpad View.
  5. On the Tasks tab, click New to start the New Task Wizard again.

To use the MMC effectively, try creating a custom console that comprises the snap-ins you use most often. For example, if you manage a large number of DNS domains and Web services, you might combine the IIS and DNS consoles.

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