Talking Shop: Manage systems remotely with the Computer Management console

Learn how to manage the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-ins combined in the Computer Management console.

You’ve probably used the Computer Management console to manage devices, user accounts, groups, and several other aspects of Windows 2000. The Computer Management console combines several Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-ins under a single interface. Under Computer Management, you’ll find the Device Manager, Local Users And Groups, Disk Management, and other handy snap-ins. The Computer Management console isn’t just for managing your local computer; you can also use it to manage other computers across the network.

What the MMC can do
Perhaps you work in a peer-to-peer network and need to help other users create user accounts or groups on their computers in order to share local folders. You can save yourself a trip to your coworkers' offices by connecting to the users' computers with your own Computer Management console (shown in Figure A). Or perhaps you need to format drives or perform other tasks on a remote computer. You can perform almost any task on a remote computer that you can perform locally.

Figure A

Using the MMC
To connect to and manage another computer through the Computer Management console, you must log on to your local computer using account credentials that match an account on the remote system with administrator privileges. If the administrator account credentials are the same on both computers, you shouldn't have a problem connecting and managing the remote system. If not, have the remote user add an account on the remote system that matches your local logon account, and make the account a member of the administrators group on the remote computer.

Figure B

When you’re ready to manage the remote system, open the Computer Management console by right-clicking My Computer and choosing Manage. Right-click Computer Management in the left pane and choose Connect To Another Computer. Enter the name of the computer or browse the network for it, and then click OK to connect. Once connected, a Computer Management console for the remote machine will appear, as shown in Figure B. You can then perform various Windows 2000 tasks on the remote machine.

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