Usage of MMC for Remote Management of Windows

Usage of MMC for Remote Management of Windows

In all my time in Windows administration, I’ve hardly ever met anyone else uses MMC, as often as I, for remote management.

If you’re unfamiliar MMC or Microsoft Management Console is defined on Wikipedia as “a component of Windows 2000 and its successors that provides system administrators and advanced users an interface for configuring and monitoring the system.”

First, let’s fire that pupper up Win key + R mmc you’ll be greeted with this little delight.

If you click around a bit, you may find yourself like ‘wtf?’, press Ctrl + M and you’ll get a more usable section of the interface.

Check and Modify Task Scheduler Remotely

Select Task Scheduler, a new window will pop up select “Another computer”

Hit OK and you can make your changes to scheduled tasks.

Give A User Local Admin Privileges Remotely

Perhaps you rolled out a box where the end user needed local admin perms, but you didn’t do it. You CAN do this via CLI and that’s the much cooler way, but if you’re just lazy and it’s a one off. At the Add or Remove Snap-ins window choose Local Users and Groups.

You can modify local users just as you would. I’ve also used this to add a user to RDP users on their box remotely.

I’m not going to make this a super long post on MMC, but there’s loads more stuff you can do. But, there’s a lot more you can do e.g. check Event Viewer logs, Windows Services management, Print Management, Windows Firewall, TPM Management, and more.

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