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Add a published extension snap-in to an MMC console

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To add a published extension snap-in to an MMC console

  1. Open a saved console in author mode by doing one of the following:

    • Right-click the .msc file, and then click Author.

    • Click Start, click Run, type mmc path\filename.msc /a, and then click OK.

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

  3. On the Extensions tab, in Snap-ins that can be extended, click the snap-in that you want to extend.

  4. In Available extensions, select the check box next to the published extension you want to add, and then click Download.

  5. If one or more wizards appear, follow the instructions on your screen, and then click OK.


  • If you select the Add all extensions check box on the Extensions tab, only extension snap-ins that are locally installed and registered are added to the console. You must specifically download extension snap-ins from the directory service to make them available in a console. Thus, to add all published extensions for a given item, do not select the Add all extensions check box, but instead select the check box next to each published extension.


  • For extension snap-ins that are available from the Active Directory directory service, the snap-in names are followed by the phrase (not installed).

  • You can only access extension snap-ins published in Active Directory if the computer you are using is running Windows 98 with Windows Installer, Windows NT 4.0 with Windows Installer, or Windows Millennium Edition. In addition, the computer must be part of a Windows domain. For more information about publishing applications and Windows Installer, see Help.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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