How to create custom actions in Microsoft Management Console with TaskPad Views

Add the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in

Using the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) is a part of everyday life for many Windows administrators and help desk personnel. MMC TaskPad Views are a great way to bolster your everyday toolset, or to improve the interface of an MMC snap-in. Using a taskpad view, you can create links that will perform actions or execute programs.

For this example, I'll create a custom MMC with the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in. Open a MMC by going to your Start menu, selecting Run, typing MMC, then pressing Enter. Then, go to File , Add or Remove Snap-ins, and add the Active Directory Users and Computers snap-in.

Left-click on an OU to select it, then right-click and select New TaskPad View.

By Harold Ogden

Harold Ogden is a Systems and Security Architect in the higher education industry. He has experience in both technical and managerial roles, and strives to bring common sense to the worlds of Information Technology and Information Security.