A file that contains customized configuration information for Microsoft Management Console (MMC) and can be used to start MMC with a specific set of snap-ins and a specific console tree. MMC consoles have the extension .msc and are saved in the My Administrative Tools folder on a machine running Microsoft Windows 2000. You create a custom MMC console (or simply console) by adding snap-ins to a blank MMC console. You can do this for several reasons:
As administrator, you choose Run from the Start menu, type mmc.exe , and click OK. This opens a blank console window. Add snap-ins to this empty window to create your custom console. Then save the console in your My Administrative Tools folder. Note that each user on a computer running Windows 2000 has a separate My Administrative Tools folder for storing custom console files.
Graphic M-14. MMC console.
Windows 2000 includes a number of preconfigured MMC consoles (also known as administrative tools) for performing specific administrative tasks. You access these using the Administrative Tools shortcut in the Programs group of the Start menu.