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Windows Server® 2008 Bible by Jeffrey R. Shapiro

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Chapter 2. Configuring Windows Server 2008

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.

Using the Microsoft Management Console

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.

Understanding the function of the MMC

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 ...

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