Throw Away Your Mouse! A List of Windows Snap-ins and Applets
Published Apr 04 2019 12:57 PM 768 Views
First published on TechNet on Apr 09, 2008
Hi.  This is Jim from Directory Services.  I spend a great deal of time working through remote Easy Assist / Live Meeting sessions, sometimes with client machines half way round the globe and the latency can be excruciating.

In my experience I have found that using the CMD line as well as START - RUN to launch administrative tools can be a more expedient way to do system administration.  Using the mouse and clicking repeatedly to launch an administrative interface is not always the most efficient, especially in an extremely latent remote session.  An errant click will always do you in. To this end I felt the need to create a one stop “short cut” reference to launch some of the more popular administrative applets.  This is suitable for pinup in your cube or office.  Feel free to commit them all to memory.

RUN/CMD shortcuts for AD management

ADFS.msc AD Federation Services
CERTMGR.msc Certificate Management –Current User
CERTSRV.msc Certification Authority
CERTTMPL.msc Certificate Templates
COMPMGMT.msc Computer Management
COMEXP.msc Component Services  C:windowssystem32com
DCOMCNFG Component Services
DSA.msc ADUC (AD Users and Computers)
DFSGUI.msc DFS Management
DFSMGMT.msc DFS Management R2
DNSMGMT.msc DNS Management
DOMAIN.msc Domains and Trusts
DSSITE.msc Sites and Services
EVENTVWR.msc Event Viewer
GPEDIT.msc Local Policy
GPMC.msc Group Policy Management Console
PKIVIEW.msc PKI management
RSOP.msc Resultant set of Policy
SECPOL.msc Local Security Policy
SERVICES.msc Services
SCHMMGMT.msc Schema Management
TASKMGR Task Manager
TSCC.msc TS Configuration

These are .exe’s

TSADMIN TS Administrator
LICMGR TS Licensing

The following are contained within the WINDOWS 2003 ADMINISTRATION TOOLS PACK
*Installed from the Windows Server 2003 CD

ADMGMT.msc AD Management –Domains, Sites, DNS and ADUC
PKMGMT.msc PKI Management – Authorities, Templates
IPADDRMGMT.msc WINS,DNS and DHCP in one console


SERVERMANAGER.msc Server Manager
NAPCLCFG.msc Network Access Protection Client Configuration
STOREXPL.msc Storage Manager
TSCONFIG TS Configuration
WBADMIN Windows Server Backup
WF.msc Windows Firewall + Advanced Security

RUN shortcuts for Windows OS management

NCPA.CPL Network Properties
APPWIZ.CPL Add remove programs
DEVMGMT.msc Device Manager
FSMGMT.msc File Share Management
SYSDM.CPL System Properties
FIREWALL.CPL Firewall applet
DESK.CPL Display Properties
CONTROL Control Panel
SYSDM.CPL System Properties
ACCESS.CPL Accessibility Options
APPWIZ.CPL Add/Remove Programs
TIMEDATE.CPL Date/Time Properties
DESK.CPL Display Properties
FONTS Fonts Folder
INETCPL.CPL Internet Properties
JOY.CPL Joystick Properties
LUSRMGR.MSC Local Users and Groups
MAIN.CPL Keyboard Keyboard Properties
MLCFG32.CPL Microsoft Exchange
WGPOCPL.CPL Microsoft Mail Post Office
MAIN.CPL Mouse Properties
MMSYS.CPL Multimedia Properties
PASWORD.CPL Password Properties
MAIN.CPL PC CARD (pcmcia) PC Card
PRINTERS Printers Folder
INTL.CPL Regional Settings
STICPL.CPL Scanners and Cameras
MMSYS.CPL sounds Sound Properties

- Jim "Mouse-Click Blues" Tierney

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