How to save and stop modification to a Microsoft Management Console (MMC) saved file

As defined by Wikipedia “MMC is a component of Windows 2000 and its successors that provides system administrators and advanced users an interface for configuring and monitoring the system”.

Assume you have created an MMC Snap-Ins that will be used for daily tasks. Once you have the MMC configured the way you want, the MMC can be saved and used again later. To access the MMC, type MMC in the search window and double click or hit Enter.

Or alternatively, launch the run wizard and type MMC as shown below and hit Ok.

Both of these ways will launch the MMC as shown below.

Next, add the Snap-ins you will be needing to administer your server by following these steps below.
– Click on File
– Click on Add and Remove Snap-Ins

And select the snap-ins and click on add and ok.

After adding all needed snap-ins, you will have a similar console as shown below.

And do not want any further modification of this file by the non-administrators that will be using it on a daily basis. to do this, follow these steps below.
– Click on File,
– Select Options

This will open the options dialog box
– Under Console mode
Note: The icon and the name can be changed here too. Select any of the modes and click on okay.

The snap-in can be saved in different modes. Before saving the MMC console, select file menu and then select options.

  • Author mode: Allow any changes to be made by all users.
  • User mode: Full access: Prevent changes to MMC console, add/removing snap-ins, etc. But all snap-in features can be accessed.
  • User mode: Limited access, multiple Windows: Allows different snap-ins to be opened in separate Windows under the same MMC console.
  • User mode: Limited access, single window: Does not allow additional Windows in the MMC console

Note: If you were to add the remote Desktop Snap-Ins here in the MMC Console, some remote management functions will be disabled by default. Kindly enable this via the Server Manager for each of the servers added for remote connection.

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