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Saving MMC files as MSC and prevent the “save console settings” dialog.

Posted by jpluimers on 2015/07/24

Two tricks when creating MSC files that contain the snap-in configuration of the MMC (Management Console).

Normally you do this once:

  1. Start MMC
  2. Add some snap-ins
  3. Save your configuration as an MSC file

And then when you need that particular configuration, each time:

  1. Open the MSC file
  2. Perform some actions
  3. Close the MMC
  4. Answer No to this question:

Microsoft Management Console
Save console settings to [filename].msc?
Yes No Cancel

The trick around this last question is:

  1. Open the “File” menu.
  2. Choose the “Options” sub-menu.
  3. Change the “Console mode” from “Author mode” to any of the “User mode values”

Now MMC will not bug you asking to save again.

What this trick does is actually the reverse of what I found in The Administration Console in Win7 x64:

  1. Open the MSC file in a text editor that understands Unicode.
  2. Change changing the value of the ProgramMode attribute from "Author" to "UserSDI" .
  3. Save the MSC file.

This is the mapping table of ProgramMode values to the UI:

  • User=User mode – full access
  • UserMDI=User mode – limited access, multiple window
  • UserSDI=User mode – limited access, single window (this is the default for many *.msc files shipping with Windows).

Note that if the MSC file is still in Author mode, you can even customize the MSC file further:

  • Change the Icon from the “File” menu, choose the “Options” sub-menu, then click the “Change Icon” button and choose a new icon (optionally from a separate Exe file).


via: The Administration Console in Win7 x64


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