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MMC Technology Overview

The Microsoft Management Console (MMC) unifies and simplifies day-to-day system management tasks. It hosts tools and displays them as consoles. These tools, consisting of one or more applications, are built to contain modules called snap-ins. The snap-ins can include additional extension snap-ins.

The following are some examples of snap-ins that are created using MMC:

  • A user management snap-in that manages users and local user groups on a selected computer.

  • A resource management snap-in that displays system configuration information for hardware resources, components, and software environment.

  • A service management snap-in that manages services and service properties.

  • An event management snap-in that views the event logs on a selected computer.

  • A device monitor snap-in that can is a central location for checking the status of a device installed on a computer and for updating the associated device drivers.

  • A storage management snap-in that displays and manages logical drives on a system.

  • A software installation snap-in that centrally manages software distribution in an organization.

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