Server Manager Snap-in Extensions


Updated: June 7, 2016

Applies To: Windows 10, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server Technical Preview, Windows Vista

In Windows Server 2008, the new Server Manager snap-in replaces the Computer Management snap-in in many contexts. For example, when you click Start, right-click Computer and select Manage, the Server Manager snap-in appears. It provides a superset of the previous Computer Management snap-in functionality. The Server Manager snap-in contains extensible nodes that extension snap-ins can register against.

Each Server Manager node that can host extension nodes has a stable, well-known GUID, so that extension snap-ins can register against it using the ExtendsNodeTypeAttribute. For a comprehensive list of the Server Manager extensible node types, please visit Server Manager Extensible Node Types.

All parent nodes that can have extension nodes as children must have a clipboard format for each of the possible extension nodes. If the clipboard format for a particular node is set on the parent node it indicates that the node is installed and the corresponding extension node must be displayed in the tree.

All extensible nodes need to publish the name of the target server using clipboard format data so that the extension snap-ins can target themselves appropriately.

For a detailed listing of all the Server Manager Clipboard formats please visit Server Manager Clipboard Formats.

Note: Since the root node of the snap-in cannot be deleted or recreated, no extension snap-ins should extend the Server Manager root node.