Adding Snapins and Extensions

The contents of a console can consist of a single snap-in, or you can craft a hierarchically organized, completely personalized, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink management tool To add a snap-in to your application, follow these steps:

1. Choose File, Add/Remove Snap-In (or press Ctrl + M) to display the dialog box shown in Figure 22-6.

Figure 22-6 By default, MMC snap-ins are arranged in a single-level list.

2. If you want a multilevel console tree, click Advanced, select Allow Changing The Parent Snap-In, and then click OK.

3. In the Parent Snap-In list, select the parent of the new snap-in . The parent can be Console Root or a folder or snap-in that you've already added. (In a brand new MMC application, your only choice is Console Root.)

4. In the Available Snap-Ins list, select the snap-in you want and click Add .

If the selected snap-in supports remote management, a dialog box similar to the one shown in Figure 22-7 appears.

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Figure 22-7 Some snap-ins can be configured to manage another computer on your network. In this dialog box, specify which computer you want to manage .

5. Select Local Computer to manage the computer on which the console runs, or supply the name of the computer you want to manage. Some snap-ins that allow remote management let you specify the target computer at run time by means of a command-line switch; select the check box to enable this option .

Some snap-ins come with optional extensions . You can think of these as snap-ins for snap-ins—modules that provide additional functionality to the selected snap-in . Some snap-ins comprise many extensions, and you can optionally select which ones you want to enable or disable

6. To modify the extensions to a snap-in, select the snap-in in the Selected Snap-Ins list in the Add Or Remove Snap-Ins dialog box shown earlier in Figure 22-6, and then click Edit Extensions. Select which extensions you want to use. Click OK.

7. Repeat steps 3 through 6 to add more snap-ins . Click OK when you're finished.

8. If you added one or more folders as containers for other snap-ins, in the console tree right-click the new folder, choose Rename, and supply a meaningful name.

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