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Chapter 26. Using the Computer Managemen... > Microsoft Management Console (MMC) B...

Microsoft Management Console (MMC) Background

Introduced in a crude form in Windows NT 4.0, honed to perfection in Windows 2000, and carried over to Windows XP, the Microsoft Management Console (MMC) is the easiest way to manage your Windows computer from within the Graphical User Interface (GUI). Its simplicity and power, combined with its ability to delegate responsibility, make MMC an ideal management tool for any size organization.

But what is MMC? Many people think that it's a management tool in and of itself. This is not quite true. MMC is simply a shell that serves as a place to put, or “snap in,” one or more of several dozen available management tools such as the Event Viewer, Disk Defragmenter, Group Policy Editor, and Internet Services Manager, to name just a few. MMC snap-ins can manage Windows XP computers as well as Windows 2000 Professional, Server, and 2003 Server computers, and can manage the local computer or remote computers across a network. MMC provides these various tools with a consistent look and feel.


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