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MCSE: Windows 2000 Exams in a Nutshell by Paul Murphy, Michael Moncur

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Configuring Windows 2000 Professional

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)

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.

Microsoft Management Console (MMC)

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:

Consoles

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.

Snap-ins

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. ...

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