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Administrative Tools

Administrative Tools is a folder in Control Panel that contains tools for system administrators and advanced users. The tools in the folder might vary depending on which version of Windows you are using.

Many of the tools in this folder, such as Computer Management, are Microsoft Management Console (MMC) snap-ins that include their own Help topics. To view specific help for an MMC tool, or to search for an MMC snap-in that you do not see in the following list, open the tool, click the Help menu, and then click Help Topics.

Open Administrative Tools by clicking the Start button, Control Panel, System and Maintenance, and then clicking Administrative Tools.

Some common administrative tools in this folder are as follows:

  • Computer Management. Manage local or remote computers by using a single, consolidated desktop tool. Using Computer Management, you can perform many tasks, such as monitoring system events, configuring hard disks, and managing system performance (see Figure 3.16).
    Figure 3.16

    Figure 3.16 Computer Management Console.

  • Data Sources (ODBC). Use Open Database Connectivity (ODBC) to move data from one type of database (a data source) to another.
  • Event Viewer. View information that is recorded in event logs about significant events, such as a program starting or stopping, or a security errors.
  • iSCSI Initiator. Configure advanced connections between storage devices on a network.
  • Local Security Policy. View and edit Group Policy security settings.
  • Memory Diagnostics Tool. Check your computer's memory to see whether it is functioning properly.
  • Print Management. Manage printers and print servers on a network and perform other administrative tasks.
  • Reliability and Performance Monitor. View advanced system information about the CPU, memory, hard disk, and network performance.
  • Services. Manage the different services that run in the background on your computer.
  • System Configuration. Identify problems that might be preventing Windows from running correctly.
  • Task Scheduler. Schedule programs or other tasks to run automatically.
  • Windows Firewall with Advanced Security. Configure advanced firewall settings on both this computer and remote computers on your network (see Figure 3.17).
    Figure 3.17

    Figure 3.17 Administrative Tools.

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