Create Custom MMC Toolbox

Create Custom MMC Toolbox

Hello,

We’re all used to use Microsoft Management Console (MMC) for Active Directory, WSUS, Disk Management, or any other Microsoft product. You can also use MMC to create a toolbox for your operators or helpdesk staff to ease their job and increase their productivity.First all of, start a brand new MMC

Create Custom MMC Toolbox - New Taskpad

Create Custom MMC Toolbox – New Taskpad

Then, follow the wizard to create a taskpad view, then, when you created the taskpad view, you can add tasks inside:

Create Custom MMC Toolbox - Edit Taskpad

Create Custom MMC Toolbox – Edit Taskpad

Create Custom MMC Toolbox - Tasks

Create Custom MMC Toolbox – Tasks

The task creation is pretty similar as a schedule task creation:

Create Custom MMC Toolbox - Edit Task

Create Custom MMC Toolbox – Edit Task

Once the task created, you just need to click on the icon to launch the task:

The screenshot above is an example for launching a PowerShell that will generate and open a basic Active Directory report.

Hereunder and example with an Exchange Online PowerShell connection:

Create Custom MMC Toolbox -Exchange Online Connection Definition

Create Custom MMC Toolbox -Exchange Online Connection Definition

-NoExit -Command "Import-Module (Import-PSSession $(New-PSSession -ConfigurationName Microsoft.Exchange -ConnectionUri https://ps.outlook.com/powershell/ -Credential $Credential -Authentication Basic -AllowRedirection) -DisableNameChecking) -Global -DisableNameChecking"
Create Custom MMC Toolbox -Exchange Online Connection

Create Custom MMC Toolbox -Exchange Online Connection

As soon as you click on the link/icon, PowerShell will popup, ask for your Exchange Online credential and then connect you while keeping the PowerShell host open to allow you to use it for your tasks. When you’re done, close it, and use other links from the toolbox.

You can add a lot of interesting shortcuts inside this toolbox. Once you done all of your needed customization, you can save it, and then share it with your operators/helpdesk people.

Create Custom MMC Toolbox - Toolbox

Create Custom MMC – Toolbox

The quick example I showed you is downloadable here, you can use it as a source of inspiration and then customize it to fit your needs.

Toolbox

I hope it may help you !

One thought on “Create Custom MMC Toolbox

  1. i previously used MMC in order to get diskmgmt, dsa, gpmc and other things centralized, didn’t know the taskpad feature !

    will add it to my favorite all-in-one place administration tool !

    Thanks a lot !

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