Windows 2000 Professional includes a number of utilities that allow you to configure the operating system’s features. Microsoft Management Console (MMC) and Task Scheduler are unique to Windows 2000; the other utilities are similar to those found in Windows NT 4.0. The following sections describe Windows 2000 Professional’s key configuration utilities.
Microsoft Management Console (MMC) is a generic utility for managing various aspects of Windows 2000. This extensible console can be used for tasks ranging from monitoring system performance to formatting disks. A typical MMC window is shown in Figure 3-2.
Figure 3-2. Microsoft Management Console (MMC)
You can access MMC by running MMC.EXE, by double-clicking the Administrative Tools control panel applet, or by running a shortcut to an MMC console. Many of the administrative tools included with Windows 2000 Professional are actually MMC snap-ins. MMC uses the following components:
A console is a configuration file that specifies the snap-ins that will be accessible to MMC. Different consoles can be loaded for different administrative tasks or configured for use by different administrators.
A snap-in provides a management interface for a particular feature in MMC. For example, Services, Shared Folders, and Local Users and Groups are available snap-ins. ...