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Chapter 31. System Management and Config... > Microsoft Management Console (MMC)

Microsoft Management Console (MMC)

As mentioned previously, the Computer Management tool is actually a subset of something much larger and more extensible—the Microsoft Management Console (MMC). I suppose what happened is that Microsoft finally understood that PC administrators were frustrated by the myriad convoluted means for managing their computers. Managing local or remote machines by hopping around between Control Panel applets, Explorer Properties sheets, and icons such as Network Neighborhood just didn't cut the mustard. Administrators and power users wanted one unified tool, a so-called single-seat solution for computer management. They also demanded the ability to construct personalized toolkits to delegate specific administrative tasks to users or groups without jeopardizing the health of the system by giving away the farm.

The Microsoft Management Console does just this. It's a highly extensible tool interface based on modules called snap-ins that perform specialized services. In turn, snap-ins can also be made up of additional extension snap-ins.


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