Using a custom Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 console is useful for feature-specific Configuration Manager 2007 administrative functions. In this case, you might want to display less information than what is normally displayed in the Configuration Manager 2007 console.

Using MMC, you can create custom consoles by adding snap-ins from various applications. For example, you can customize the Configuration Manager 2007 console to allow access to various tools and then add the new Configuration Manager 2007 console as a snap-in to a custom MMC console. The custom console is saved as an .msc file.

The administrator must have the Configuration Manager 2007 console installed on the computer to use the .msc file.

You can add only one instance of the Configuration Manager 2007 console to MMC, however one snap-in can connect to multiple Configuration Manager 2007 sites by using the Connect to Site Database wizard.

To add a snap-in to the MMC, the console must be in author mode. For more information about creating custom consoles, see the MMC Help.

To add a snap-in to the MMC

  1. Click Start, click Run, type MMC, and then click OK.

  2. On the Console menu, click Add/Remove Snap-in.

  3. In the Add/Remove Snap-in dialog box, click Add.

  4. In the Add Standalone Snap-in dialog box, select System Center Configuration Manager 2007, and then click Add.

  5. In the Database Connection Wizard, select the database that you want to connect to, and then select Load all console tree items (typical) to create a snap-in for all console items. Alternatively, if you want to select a subset of the console items, such as queries and software distribution, click Select console tree items to be loaded (custom).

  6. When you have finished the Database Connection Wizard, click Close. The snap-in appears in the Add/Remove Snap-in dialog box. When you see the snap-in, click OK.

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