Create a Microsoft Management console and add Task Manager, Event Viewer, Disk Management, and Device Manager, and/or any other tools (in the form of snap-ins) you use often. Save the console with a representative name. If you sign in with a Standard user account, learn how to run the console with administrator privileges.
- [Narrator] So far in this course, I've introduced tools like Event Viewer, Task Scheduler, and Device Manager to help you monitor and troubleshoot your computer. I showed you how to open those up in their own windows. They're all open here. Switching among lots of open windows can be cumbersome, though. So I'd like to show you how you can group your favorite tools together in a single console. If you aren't sure what a console is, open Computer Management. You can do that by right-clicking Start, and clicking Computer Management in the list that appears.
I'll maximize this and expand the pane to show you the options over here on the left. This type of window is called a Microsoft Management console. This console has lots of tools. Local Users and Groups, Task Scheduler, Event Viewer, Performance, and more. In this video, I'll show you how to create your own unique Microsoft Management console. First, type mmc.exe in the search box on the taskbar, and click it in the results.
Click Yes to continue, and maximize the window. The result is an empty Microsoft Management console. Let's add Task Scheduler to this console. It's called a snap-in, and we start by clicking File and Add/Remove Snap-in. I'll scroll down to Task Scheduler and click Add. For these entries, I can choose this local computer to let Task Scheduler run on, or another one. For now, I'll click Local computer, and click OK.
I'll repeat for Disk Management, and Device Manager, again, running them all from the local machine. Feel free to add whatever entries you'd like here, and when you're finished, click OK. I'll click each entry now to show you it's a fully-functional expression of the tool. This is Disk Management, and of course Device Manager.
If you like your console, you should save it. To do that, click File and Save, or Save As. I'll name mine Sample One, and I'm going to save it to the desktop. You can see I already have a console there. And I'll click Save. I'll close all of this out, including all of the other windows I had open, and let's take a look. There's my sample. I can double-click to run it, or I can right-click it and run as an administrator, and my management console is available for me.
A custom MMC can come in quite handy when you use a specific set of tools on a regular basis. But it can also be used in ways you might not have thought about. For instance, you can create a console that has multiple instances of one tool, something like Event Viewer, perhaps, with one entry for each computer on your local network. I have one here. Here I have Event Viewer monitoring my local machine, and a remote machine. When I use this console, I don't have to move from window to window, or, even worse, from PC to PC.
Think about how you can incorporate MMCs into your work. List your favorite tools, and be creative.
Note: The course also maps to the third part of MCSA exam 70-698, Installing and Configuring Windows 10. Taking this course will prepare you for objectives in the Manage and Maintain Windows domain of the test.
- Configuring Windows Update
- Updating Windows apps
- Reviewing event logs
- Using Resource Monitor and Performance Monitor
- Managing security with Windows Defender
- Creating a recovery drive
- Restoring and recovering files
- Recovering the OS with Windows Recovery
- Configuring authorization and authentication
- Securing Windows 10 with passwords
- Joining workgroups and domains
- Creating and using accounts
- Automating tasks with PowerShell