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MMC Snap-ins - Only Allow Explicitly Enabled MMC Snap-ins to Open

How to Only Allow Explicitly Enabled MMC Snap-ins to Open in Windows
Published by Brink
30 Sep 2010
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How to Only Allow Explicitly Enabled MMC Snap-ins to Open in Windows

information   Information
This will show you how to selectively permit or prohibit the use of Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-ins for all users on the computer in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

You will need to be logged in as an administrator to be able to do this tutorial.

Note   Note
When enabled, all snap-ins are prohibited, except those that you explicitly enabled (permit).

When disabled or not configured, all snap-ins are permitted, except those that you explicitly disabled (prohibit).

EXAMPLE: MMC Snap-ins
NOTE: This is the MMC snap-ins in the Local Group Policy Editor that you can set each specific snap-in as enabled, disabled, or not configured. For more details on how to do this with a specific snap-in, click on the Related Tutorials link (more to come later) at the bottom of this tutorial for it.
MMC Snap-ins - Only Allow Explicitly Enabled MMC Snap-ins to Open-mmc_snap-ins.jpg



OPTION ONE
Allow Explicitly Enabled MMC Snap-ins using a REG File
1. To Allow All Enabled or Not Configured MMC Snap-ins to Open
NOTE: This is the default setting of Not Configured. Disabled snap-ins will still not open.
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Allow_All_Enabled_or_Not_Configured_MMC_Snap-ins.reg
download
B) Go to step 4.
2. To Only Allow Explicitly Enabled MMC Snap-ins to Open
A) Click on the Download button below to download the file below.
Allow_Only_Explicitly_Enabled_MMC_Snap-ins.reg
download
3. Save the .reg file to your desktop.

4. Right click on the downloaded .reg file and click on Merge.

5. Click on Run, Yes, Yes, and OK when prompted.

6. When done, you can delete the downloaded .reg file if you like.






OPTION TWO
Allow Explicitly Enabled MMC Snap-ins in Group Policy
1. Open the all users, specific users or groups, or all users except administrators Local Group Policy Editor for how you want this policy applied.

2. In the left pane, click on to expand User Configuration, Administrative Templates, Windows Components, and Microsoft Mangement Console. (see screenshot below)
MMC Snap-ins - Only Allow Explicitly Enabled MMC Snap-ins to Open-gpedit-1.jpg
3. In the right pane, right click on Restrict users to the explicitly permitted list of snap-ins and click on Edit. (See screenshot above)

4. To Allow All Enabled or Not Configured MMC Snap-ins to Open
A) Select (dot) either Not Configured or Disabled. (see screenshot below step 6)
NOTE: The default setting is Not Configured.

B) Go to step 6.
5. To Only Allow Explicitly Enabled MMC Snap-ins to Open
A) Select (dot) either Enabled. (see screenshot below step 6)
6. Click on OK. (see screenshot below)
MMC Snap-ins - Only Allow Explicitly Enabled MMC Snap-ins to Open-gpedit-2.jpg
7. Close the Local Group Policy Editor window.
That's it,
Shawn




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30 Sep 2010   #1
Lomai

Win7 HP (x64)/Win7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Thank you Shawn.
This will come in handy
Does this apply to all version of Seven or are some restricted to Pro/Ultimate versions only?

Regards


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30 Sep 2010   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you Lomai.

Option One with the registry can be used in all editions of Windows 7 and Vista.

Option Two can only be used in the Windows 7 Pro, Ultimate, Enterprise, and Vista Business, Ultimate, and Enterprise editions since they only include the Group Policy feature.
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01 Oct 2010   #3
Lomai

Win7 HP (x64)/Win7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Ok thanks for the information.

Thanks again
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02 Oct 2010   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Anytime mate.
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