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Managing a Windows Server 2003 system with the Computer Management Console

Derek Schauland says that one console he uses every day to help him manage Windows Server 2003 systems is the Computer Management Console. Get details about the console.

Windows Server 2003 includes consoles that allow you to manage the server and other components of a Windows Server 2003 environment. You may be familiar with Active Directory Users And Computers and Active Directory Sites And Services, which are Microsoft Management Consoles designed to accomplish a specific task.

Microsoft Management Consoles were introduced in Windows 2000 to supply administrators with a way to organize the tools they use to perform tasks. These consoles are made up of tools or snap-ins to allow many tools to be grouped together.

One console that I use every day to help me manage Windows Server 2003 systems is the Computer Management Console. It allows you to look at certain tools that pertain to a specific system.

Access the Computer Management Console

To open the Computer Management Console in Windows Server 2003, right-click the My Computer icon on the Start menu and select Manage with the left button. The Computer Management Console opens and shows the local system that you are logged into by default. If you right-click the Computer Object in the left pane (or click the Action menu within the console window) and select Connect To Another Computer, you'll see a window that allows you to enter the name of another system and manage it within the console. Using this technique for things like Services and Event Logs is a huge timesaver, especially if the systems you manage are widely dispersed.

Note: You can access the Computer Management Console in Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Vista by right-clicking My Computer (or Computer in Windows Vista) and selecting Manage. You can also remotely connect to any other supported operating system listed above. To do so, right-click the Local Computer object in the left pane of the console, select Connect To Another Computer, and then enter the NetBIOS name of the system you wish to access. The console will reload and show information pertaining to the remote system.

Learn about the console's snap-ins

By default, the following snap-ins are included with the Computer Management Console:

  • Event Viewer: Displays installed applications and information recorded by Windows.
  • Shared Folders: Displays information about open files, connected sessions, and available shares, allowing them to be reset, disconnected, or viewed.
  • Local Users and Groups: Displays the groups and users created locally on the system, while allowing the users and groups to be edited, added, or deleted.
  • Performance Logs and Alerts: Displays monitored traces and logs related to system performance.
  • Device Manager: Displays hardware configured on the system and allows devices to be added, removed, or disabled.
  • Removable Storage: Displays information about currently connected devices with removable storage (CD-ROM, USB drives, card readers, etc.).
  • Disk Defragmenter: Allows defragmentation of the system.
  • Disk Management: Displays information about configured disks within the system. It allows drive letter changes, partition creation and deletion, conversion from basic to dynamic disk, and other functions.
  • Services: Allows management of services installed on the system.
  • WMI Control: Allows management of the Windows Management Instrumentation.

Depending on the applications that are installed on your Windows Server 2003 system, there may be other items added to the Computer Management Console. For instance, SQL Server and Internet Explorer will install other components to this console.

Stay tuned

In future tips, I will describe the Computer Management Console's snap-ins in more detail. Each of these features helps make the management and administration of Windows Server 2003 systems a little easier.

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About

Derek Schauland has been tinkering with Windows systems since 1997. He has supported Windows NT 4, worked phone support for an ISP, and is currently the IT Manager for a manufacturing company in Wisconsin.

21 comments
laman
laman

Do I need you to tell me there is something called "Computer Management Console". John, please stop all the rubbish, and get into something serious here. You have been written tons of rubbish for awhile now.

joseph
joseph

I was trying to Connect Other servers on the network.i just add the computer.when i tried to open the that computer it says acced denied. What all services we need to enable for This console???

Breezeserve
Breezeserve

This is a great way of managing systems from the Server however I have noticed that a patched XP system sometimes has errors this may be due to the fact that you need a password for the resources on that particular machine, however if you map a drive over first it sometimes works that way, sorry for being a bit off topic there rather than the server, but I also manage a bunch of XP machines without a domain

wmlundine
wmlundine

...being the star of "Corner Gas" and an IT guy is no easy gig:) (Check photo.)

donallsop
donallsop

It seems like most of this can't be done on a remote system - "This version of disk defragmenter does not support the defragmentation of remote volumes". Similar message for Device Manager - opens read-only. Am I doing something wrong?

paltfett
paltfett

old old news since W2000

Master G
Master G

If they are part of a workgroup is Ok - But not domain is gonna make your life miserable. Just install AD and give a name and attach all machines to it. Make your life a living heaven! :)_

The Listed 'G MAN'
The Listed 'G MAN'

had the picture been of Derek! It is of John - better luck next life.

Master G
Master G

There are functions that you cannot perform remotely for security reasons. In other note - What's up with this site coming up with old topics? They are not event trying to reinvent the wheel here. it's straight old news and tips. C'mon guys, running out of ideas?

richie086
richie086

i thought the article was going to teach me something new about MMC's. Welcome to the 21st century!

normam
normam

I think it is great to bring up, "old news". It helps others who are just now learning how to manage a network. I say keep them alive.

Master G
Master G

John, Can you please tell Derek since he is not looking this way? Derek.garbageCollection(); John.setMessage("Derek Please Create new ideas"); Derek.getMessageFrom(John); Derek.Destroy(); TR_Pro.createNewTRPro(Derek1); If(!Derek1.newIdeas()){ Derek1.Destroy(); TR_Pro.createNewTRPro(); } Feel free to correct the bugs and add your own code. :) As you can see I gave him another chance Derek1 so he can come up with something new. :)

wmlundine
wmlundine

You need to know who Brent John and Derek are.

Gustophe
Gustophe

Most admins already know how to do this stuff. Some may have forgotten (not this in particular but maybe other functions). Why not put articles like this in a searchable archive and come up with some new innovative articles?

John Sheesley - TechRepublic Pro
John Sheesley - TechRepublic Pro

I dunno if it was friendly fire so much as just getting caught with some shrapnel. But that's what happens when your name is on the masthead I guess. Don't worry. Derek is already aware. :)

JCitizen
JCitizen

here on TechRepubic. Most of the time I don't even have to use the search bar.

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