Add a snap-in to a new MMC console for a local computer

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To add a snap-in to a new MMC console for a local computer

  1. Open MMC.

  2. On the File menu, click Add/Remove Snap-in, and then click Add.

  3. Under Snap-in, double-click the item you want to add, and, if prompted, do one of the following:

    • Click Local computer: (the computer this console is running on), and then click Finish.

    • If a wizard appears, follow the instructions.

  4. To add another item to the console, repeat step 3.


  • To open MMC, click Start, click Run, type mmc, and then click OK.

  • If you add a snap-in to a console, and the snap-in becomes damaged, try adding another instance of the same snap-in to the console. Configure it as needed, and then remove the first instance of the snap-in.

  • If a console is saved to the per-user Administrative Tools folder (located at systemdrive\Documents and Settings\user\Start Menu\Programs\Administrative Tools), it becomes available in the Administrative Tools folder on the Programs menu for that user.

  • You can only access snap-ins published in Active Directory.

  • A remote computer is entirely snap-in specific.

  • If a snap-in does not appear in the list, you must first install the program, device, or service administered by the snap-in. You can access snap-ins not locally installed from the Add/Remove Snap-in dialog box in the Active Directory directory service. You must be using one of the following operating systems for this process to work:

    • Is running Windows 98 with Windows Installer installed;


    • Is running Windows NT 4.0 with Windows Installer installed;


    • Is running Windows Millennium Edition;


    • Is part of a Windows domain.

    • For more information, see Help.

  • To make an item other than the console root subordinate to an item in the console tree, click the appropriate item in Snap-ins added to before you click Add in step 2.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

See Also


Save an MMC console file
Install a program managed by an MMC snap-in
Add a published snap-in to a new MMC console
Using files created with earlier versions of MMC with MMC 2.0