IN THIS CHAPTER
Using the Microsoft Management Console (MMC)
Getting to know the MMC tools
More on Server Manager
Using the Security Configuration Wizard
Working with data sources (ODBC)
Understanding Control Panel applets
This chapter explores the many tools for configuring and managing the system, managing users, and controlling other aspects of Windows Server 2008.
One of the many changes in Windows 2000 from Windows NT that is expanded in the Windows 2003 and 2008 interfaces and administrative structure is the switch to a more homogenous approach to administrative utilities. Although many system and operating properties still are controlled through the Control Panel, most administrative functions have moved to the Microsoft Management Console (MMC), host for a variety of so-called "snap-ins" used to manage the myriad roles, features, and applications of the server. The MMC runs under Windows Server 2008, Windows 2000–Windows Server 2003, Windows 9x, and Windows XP and Vista. This section of the chapter examines the MMC and its component tools for Windows Server 2008.
The MMC itself serves as a framework. Within that framework are various administrative tools called consoles. In particular, the MMC provides a unified interface for administrative tools. This means that after you learn the structure of one tool, you will be able to apply that knowledge to the rest, which ...