Tip of the Day: Create your own Admin Console in MMC

Fed up of logging on to a server as admin to manage Active Directory etc?  Found that you can’t run Active Directory Users & Computers as another user?

Why not create an Admin Console that includes all the Snap Ins you use, and can be Run As an admin user during a regular session?

Here’s how.

Start > Run > mmc

runmmc

MMC opens in edit mode

MMCEdit

File > Add/Remove Snap in

Click Add button

Add the different snap ins you normally use – ADUC, DNS, Exchange, Event Log Viewer are some of mine.

addremovesnap

Ok that, then save this MMC somewhere.

Now the tricky bit – running that MMC as a different user.

Create a shortcut to the MSC file:

shortcuts

Right click on the shortcut, and select Properties.

On the shortcut tab, click Advanced button.

credentials

Ok out of the shortcut properties.

Now when you double click the Shortcut it will ask you for credentials – you are in!

runas

Note – you may need to install Admin Tools to get the different Snap Ins – see this Microsoft document on how to install different tools.

Some of the snap-ins allow you to change the context – for example Event Viewer – you can change the server it is getting the logs for.  You can also set up multiple instances of some snap-ins – again, very useful if you want quick access to event logs on multiple servers.

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