Windows 7 Forums
Welcome to Windows 7 Forums. Our forum is dedicated to helping you find support and solutions for any problems regarding your Windows 7 PC be it Dell, HP, Acer, Asus or a custom build. We also provide an extensive Windows 7 tutorial section that covers a wide range of tips and tricks.


Windows 7: Microsoft Mangement Console - Create Custom MSC

Microsoft Mangement Console - Create Custom MSC

How to Create a Custom MSC in Microsoft Management Console in Windows
Published by Brink
18 Jan 2010
Published by

How to Create a Custom MSC in Microsoft Management Console in Windows

information   Information
This will show you how to add MSC snap-ins of your choice (ex: gpedit.msc and compmgmt.msc) in the Microsoft Management Console to then save it as a custom MSC file to always open this file with the added snap-ins included in Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8.

You can place this custom.msc file where you like for easy use, or create a shortcut of the custom.msc file (if saved at C:\Windows\System32) to use the shortcut where you like instead.

Note   Note
The settings below will be remembered when you save your custom MSC console, and each time you close it afterwards.
  • Column widths
  • Action pane (off/on)
  • Default opening location/position
  • Window size
If you decide you do not want the custom MSC file you created using this tutorial at a later date, then you can always just delete it like any other file without any problems doing so.


EXAMPLE: Custom MSC File
NOTE: For example, I created a custom MSC file that has the gpedit.msc (Local Group Policy Object Editor) and compmgmt.msc (Computer Management) snap-in added in one MSC console. The custom MSC file will open with these two snap-ins, or the ones you added, always included.
Microsoft Mangement Console - Create Custom MSC-step5.jpg
Here's How:
1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type mmc in the search box, and press Enter.

2. Click/tap on File (menu bar) and Add/Remove Snap-in. (see screenshot below)
Microsoft Mangement Console - Create Custom MSC-step1.jpg
3. In the left pane, select the msc snap-in (ex: Computer Management) you want to add, and click on the Add button in the middle. (see screenshot below)
Name:  Step2.jpg
Views: 5200
Size:  168.4 KB
4. If you get option dialog windows for the snap-in, then you can set them to how you like, and click/tap on Next, OK, or Finish until finished. (see screenshots below)
NOTE: Each snap-in will have it's own set of options.
Name:  Step3.jpg
Views: 4868
Size:  81.9 KB

Name:  Step3B.jpg
Views: 4870
Size:  106.9 KB
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you added all of the snap-ins that you want in the right pane for this custom MSC file. For example, I wanted to add gpedit.msc (Group Policy Object Editor) as well. (see screenshot below)
Name:  Step4.jpg
Views: 5070
Size:  174.7 KB
6. When done, click/tap on OK. (see screenshot above)

7. Click/tap on File (menu bar) and Save As. (see screenshot below)
Microsoft Mangement Console - Create Custom MSC-step6.jpg
8. Navigate to where you want to save this custom .msc file to, type in a name for it, and click/tap on Save. (see screenshot below)
Name:  Step7.jpg
Views: 4750
Size:  106.2 KB
9. You now have a custom MSC file that you can click on to always open a management console with the snap-ins you added for it. Move it to where you like for easy use.
NOTE: You could also Pin to Taskbar or Pin to Start Menu this MSC file.
That's it,
Shawn



18 Jan 2012   #1
lehnerus2000

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 17 MATE (64 bit)
 
 

Hi Brink

You could probably mention that you can also configure:
  • The column widths.
  • The Action pane (off/on).
  • A default opening location
  • An overall window size.
These settings will be remembered when you save your custom console.

That came up in this thread (well I suggested it as a solution):
mmc windows display problem

My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jan 2012   #2
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Thank you Lehnerus. Added. It also remembers them for when last closed as well.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jan 2012   #3
lehnerus2000

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 17 MATE (64 bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Thank you Lehnerus. Added.
No problems (and thank you for writing so many good tutorials in the first place).
It just came up on mickey megabyte's thread and when I checked to see if I needed to write a tutorial, I found your one.

It's easy to forget a small detail (or two) when writing instructions.

Although I have only posted 2 (official) tutorials, I am still paranoid that I've forgotten something important/obvious.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
It also remembers them for when last closed as well.
Until I authored mine ("Computer Management") it would always start with the Action pane on and at a small size (i.e. it never remembered how I left it).
My System SpecsSystem Spec
.


18 Jan 2012   #4
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
Until I authored mine ("Computer Management") it would always start with the Action pane on and at a small size (i.e. it never remembered how I left it).
Strange. I created a Computer Management MSC and saved it to the desktop. Each time I open the custom MSC, make changes to it's size, position, etc... and closed it, it would open the same way next time. At least for me it does.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jan 2012   #5
mickey megabyte

ultimate 64 sp1
 
 

it doesn't for me - it opens at the size it was at the last save.

but then again, mine are mucked up somehow anyway!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jan 2012   #6
lehnerus2000

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 17 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
It is weird

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
Until I authored mine ("Computer Management") it would always start with the Action pane on and at a small size (i.e. it never remembered how I left it).
Strange. I created a Computer Management MSC and saved it to the desktop. Each time I open the custom MSC, make changes to it's size, position, etc... and closed it, it would open the same way next time. At least for me it does.
I meant the default "Computer Management" console.
Unless I choose "Author", I don't get the "Save" option.

Even using "Author" mine won't remember to open showing "Services".
It will remember other choices that I've tried.
I have mine set to open to "Device Manager" instead.

Note:

I haven't tried every possible option though.

I guess it's just like how some people have trouble with certain programs and others don't (e.g. AV programs, Firefox, etc.).
I guess some weird combination of settings and/or software is responsible.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
18 Jan 2012   #7
Brink
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Ah, ok. I get the same as you with that as well. It's only when I create a custom MSC from the tutorial for it when it is remembered.

I've never had "Author" do anything different for me though.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
Comment

 Microsoft Mangement Console - Create Custom MSC




Tutorial Tools



Similar help and support threads for2: Microsoft Mangement Console - Create Custom MSC
Windows 7 Tutorial Category
Custom Tabletop Games Console/Display Advice Needed Chillout Room
Questions about Microsoft Management Console General Discussion
Solved Microsoft Management Console General Discussion
Microsoft Management Console - How do i? General Discussion
Solved Microsoft Management Console error... BSOD Help and Support
Microsoft Management Console - Unavailable General Discussion
MSC (Microsoft System Console) list/description General Discussion

Our Sites

Site Links

About Us

Find Us

Windows 7 Forums is an independent web site and has not been authorized, sponsored, or otherwise approved by Microsoft Corporation. "Windows 7" and related materials are trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

Designer Media Ltd

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:06 PM.
Twitter Facebook Google+



Windows 7 Forums

Seven Forums Android App Seven Forums IOS App
  

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33