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Microsoft Management Console (MMC)

Microsoft's Management Console is a new feature in Windows 2000 that consolidates all of the administration tools into a single, common, and customizable interface. The really cool part about the MMC is that it supports snap-ins that allows Microsoft, independent software vendors, and Administrators to create their own custom toolsets.
Where to Start
MMC FAQ
Microsoft's Frequently Asked Questions Page.

Microsoft Management Console: An Introduction
An early overview of MMC. Source: Windows & .NET Magazine (Feb 1997)

Overview of the Microsoft Management Console
The MMC is a central interface where most administration is done in Windows 2000. This downloadable whitepaper in Word format provides an quick overview for Administrators, and is a good place to start if you are new to Windows NT and Windows 2000. Source: Microsoft TechNet CD Online

Step-by-Step Guide to the Microsoft Management Console
This step-by-step guide explores some of the new features in the Microsoft Management Console (MMC), which lets system administrators create more flexible user interfaces and custom tools for administration. Source: Microsoft.com

Technical Articles and Whitepapers

Delegation of Administration Using Microsoft Management Console
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 201341. Microsoft Management Console (MMC) is a general-purpose management display framework for hosting administration tools built as MMC snap-ins by Microsoft and other companies. 

Getting the Most out of the Microsoft Management Console
The Microsoft Management Console (MMC) is a Windows 2000 (Win2K) component you can use to manage hardware, software, and various network components. However, the MMC isn't limited to Win2K; you can also run an MMC on Windows NT and Windows 9x. Creating a Master Console You can create your own custom MMC, including any number of custom consoles with as many snap-ins as you want. Source: Windows & .NET Magazine (Oct 1999)

How to Create Custom MMC Snap-in Tools Using Microsoft Management Console
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 230263. Describes how to use Microsoft Management Console (Mmc.exe) to create special tools to delegate specific administrative tasks to users or groups, that can be sent by e-mail, shared in a network folder, or posted on the Web. They can also be assigned to users, groups, or computers with system policy settings.

How to Create Custom MMC Snap-in Tools Using Microsoft Management Console  
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 230263 - Administrators can use Microsoft Management Console (Mmc.exe) to create special tools to delegate specific administrative tasks to users or groups. Saved as MMC console (.msc) files, these custom tools can be sent by e-mail, shared in a network folder, or posted on the Web. They can also be assigned to users, groups, or computers with system policy settings. A tool can be scaled up or down, integrated seamlessly into the operating system, repackaged, and customized. This article describes how to accomplish these tasks. 

Delegation of Administration Using Microsoft Management Console
Microsoft Management Console (MMC) is a general-purpose management display framework for hosting administration tools built as MMC snap-ins by Microsoft and other companies. The MMC consoles included with Windows 2000 are examples of MMC saved console. These are files with an .msc extension, where an administration tool was added to the console and saved with particular options selected. A shortcut was then added to the Administration Tools menu for the console

Introduction to Windows Management Services
White paper describes Microsoft Windows Management Services, which act as the management infrastructure for Windows 2000. You can layer any number of management tools on top of these services to develop complete, custom management solutions for each management discipline. Source: Microsoft TechNet CD Online

Management Services
Windows 2000 Server includes the management tools needed to maintain and control networked servers and desktops. Source: Microsoft TechNet CD Online

Microsoft Management Console
Use MMC's custom tools capability to share management functions on an NT 5.0 network. Source: Windows & .NET Magazine (June 1998)

Windows 2000 Microsoft Management Console and Snap-in Restrictions
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 271135 - This article discusses the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) and snap-in restrictions for a Microsoft Windows 2000-based computer. 

Troubleshooting Known Issues and Bugs
Access Violation in MMC When You Resize the Panes
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 285900 - When you resize the left and right panes in Microsoft Management Console (MMC), an access violation may occur. When this occurs, you may receive the following error message: 

Access Violation in MMC with Empty NetBIOS Name
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 296887 - When the first domain controller of a new child domain is finished with Dcpromo.exe but has not rebooted yet, attempts to start Active Directory-related MMC snap-ins may generate an access violation. This can also occur if the NetBIOS domain name property in the cross-reference object at CN=newdomainname, CN=Partitions, CN=Configuration, DC=rootdomainname is empty.

MMC May Hang When You Use the DNS Snap-In to View More than 16,000 Zones
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 286779 - When you try to view the properties of a Domain Name System (DNS) zone by using the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-in and there are more than 16,000 zones defined in the DNS database, MMC may generate an access violation error message and stop responding (hang). 

Microsoft Management Console May Stop Responding When You Compare Volume Labels
Microsoft Knowledge Base Article: 322920 - When you use Disk Management to compare two volume labels, the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) may stop responding (hang).


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