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  1. What is MMC?
  2. Types of Snap-ins
  3. Exploring the MMC Interface
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Exploring the MMC Interface

The intent of the MMC interface is to provide content definitions on how performance of the MMC snap-ins are functioning, and to also provide insights into the broader system and network services performance. Figure 3 presents the graphical console of the MMC. Notice that you can track multiple classes of variables using this interface.

Figure 3 MMC console.

The MDI child windows offer many differing views. Each of these child views includes a command bar, a console tree (the left pane), and a details pane (the right pane). The command bar contains both drop-down menus and buttons. The console tree is a hierarchical structure that displays the items available in a console. This tree-formatted listing shows all visible nodes, each of which represents a manageable container, object, task, or view. The console tree need not be visible in all views—in this example, it is visible only in the top-left child window.

Each child window's details pane displays the result of selecting a node in the console tree. In many cases, it is a list of the contents of a folder; other times, it is a management-related view (such as the performance graph in this example), which can be Web- or ActiveX control-based. The MMC namespace consists of the console tree and the details pane.

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