A mode of running a console created with the Microsoft Management Console (MMC). Different access modes are provided for MMC consoles in order to allow or restrict access to administrative functionality. This enables senior administrators to create custom consoles for junior administrators that have only the functionality needed to perform specified tasks, while preventing them from using functionality that could cause problems if not handled correctly.
Selecting options from the Console menu configures access modes for MMC consoles. The two modes available for running consoles are
TIP: If an MMC console is set to user mode, you can start it in author mode by running it from the command line with the /a switch. You can also right-click on the console file (*.msc file) in Windows Explorer and use the shortcut menu to start the console in author mode. However, an administrator can also set the user’s profile settings to prevent the user from opening a console in author mode.