- On the Start Menu, click Run, type MMC, and then click OK. Microsoft Management Console opens with an empty console (or administrative tool) as shown in Figure 1 below. The empty console has no management functionality until you add some snap-ins. The MMC menu commands on the menu bar at the top of the Microsoft Management Console window apply to the entire console.
Figure 1: Beginning Console Window
- Click Console (under Console1). On the Console Menu, click Add/Remove Snap-in. The Add/Remove Snap-in dialog box opens. This lets you enable extensions and configure which snap-ins are in the console file. You can specify where the snap-ins should be inserted in the Snap-in's "added to drop-down box." Accept the default, Console Root, for this exercise.
- Click Add. This displays the Add Standalone Snap-in dialog box that lists the snap-ins that are installed on your computer.
- From the list of snap-ins, double-click Computer Management to open the Computer Management wizard.
- Click Local computer and select the check box for "Allow the selected computer to be changed when launching from the command line."
- Click Finish. This returns you to the Add/Remove Snap-ins dialog box. Click Close.
- Click the Extensions tab as shown in Figure 2 below. By selecting the check box Add all extensions, all locally-installed extensions on the computer are used. If this check box is not selected, then any extension snap-in that is selected is explicitly loaded when the console file is opened on a different computer.
Figure 2: Select All Extensions
- Click OK to close the Add/Remove Snap-in dialog box. The Console Root window now has a snap-in, Computer Management, rooted at the Console Root folder.
Customizing the Display of Snap-ins in the Console: New Windows
- In the left pane of the tree view in Figure 3 below, click the + next to Computer Management. Click System Tools.
Figure 3: Console1: System Tools
- Right-click the Event Viewer folder that opens, and then click New window from here. As shown in Figure 4 below, this opens a new Event Viewer window rooted at the Event Viewer extension to computer management.
Figure 4: Event Viewer
- Click Window and click Console Root.
- In the Console Root window, click Services and Applications, right-click Services in the left pane, and then click New Window. As shown in Figure 5 below, this opens a new Services window rooted at the Event Viewer extension to Computer Management. In the new window, click the Show/Hide Console Tree toolbar button to hide the console tree, as shown in the red circle in Figure 5 below.
Figure 5: Show/Hide Button
- Close the original window with Console Root showing in it.
- On the Window menu, select Tile Horizontally. The console file should appear and include the information shown in Figure 4 and Figure 5 above.
- You can now save your new MMC console. Click the Save as icon on the Console window, and give your console a name. Your console is now saved as a .msc file, and you can provide it to anyone who needs to configure a computer with these tools.