How to view remote computer information using the Microsoft Management Console

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    How to access remote computers using the Microsoft Management Console


    This article will walk through the steps to setup and configure the Microsoft Management Console to view information about a remote machine without physically accessing the machine or disturbing any logged on users.


    The management console can host one or more modules which are COM components called snap-ins.  Most of Microsoft's administration tools included with both Windows itself, and Windows Server System products are implemented as MMC "snap-ins".


    The snap-in that will be discussed in this article is the Computer Management tool, which appears in the Administrative Tools folder in the Control Panel.


    Computer Management is actually a collection of MMC snap-ins, including the Device Manager, Disk Defragmenter, Internet Information Services, Disk Management, Event Viewer, Local Users and Groups, Shared Folders, and other tools.


    Computer Management can be pointed at any Windows machine on the network that the logged on user has access to, allowing for monitoring and configuration of other computers.


    This is very helpful when troubleshooting a LANDesk issue where Remote Control is not working, or if users are working on the machine.




      The following steps will create an MMC console with the Computer Management snapin.


    1.  From the Start | Run launch "mmc".





    2.  The MMC Console window will open, and will be blank with no information.





    3.  Go to File | Add/Remove Snapin.


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    4.  The Add/Remove Snapin window will show the snapins that have been installed in this MMC Console.  At this point it will be blank.


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    5.  Click the Add button, and browse to the Computer Management Snapin.


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    6.  The next window will prompt for the machine to be managed.  This can be the local machine, or a machine on the network.


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    7.  The MMC Console will now show the Computer Management Tree for the machine selected in step 6.


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    8.  If desired, the MMC Console can be saved as a .msc file.  When run, the machines that have been added to the MMC Console will be present the next time the .msc file is ran.