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Microsoft® Windows Server™ 2003 Inside Out by William R. Stanek

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Designing Custom Taskpads for the MMC

When you want to simplify administration or limit the available tasks for junior administrators or Power Users, you might want to consider adding a taskpad to a console tool. By using taskpads, you can create custom views of your console tools that contain shortcuts to menu commands, shell commands, and navigation components.

Getting Started with Taskpads

Basically, taskpads let you create a page of tasks that you can perform quickly by clicking the associated shortcut links rather than using the existing menu or interface provided by snapins. You can create multiple taskpads in a console, each of which is accessed as a taskpad view. If you've worked with Windows XP, you've probably seen the Simple Control Panel, ...

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