MMC Technology Overview


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

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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