Configure MMC Snap-ins on Fresh Windows 7 Install

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This is a tutorial on configuring the Microsoft Management Console from scratch after a fresh install of Windows 7. This includes setting up the Active Directory user and computers, Group Policy Management, and Exchange snap-ins.

MMC Snap-ins

Step 1

Make sure you have updated Windows 7 to SP1. You will need to first grab the Remote Server Administration Tools available here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=7887

Windows 7×86 – RSAT Tools
Windows 7×64 – RSAT Tools

Step 2

You will be prompted if you want to install the following update: KB958830. Click Yes.

KB958830

Step 3

After that has finished installing you will need to turn on the windows feature “AD DS Snap-ins and Command-line Tools”. In the start menu, type “Turn Windows features on or off” and click into it.

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Step 4

Select “Remote Server Administration Tools > Role Administration Tools > AD DS Tools > AD DS Snap-ins and Command-line Tools.”

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Step 5

To enable Group Policy management, you will want to also turn on “Remote Server Administration Tools > Feature Administration Tools > Group Policy Management Tools.”

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Step 6

Since we are in here, we are going to enable the IIS 6 features for Exchange later in the process. So you will also want to turn on the following two:

Internet Information Services > Web Management Tools > IIS 6 Management Compatibility > IIS 6 Management Console
Internet Information Services > Web Management Tools > IIS 6 Management Compatibility > IIS Metabase and IIS 6 configuration compatibility

IIS

Step 7

Now to install the Exchange portion (same instructions for Exchange 2007 and 2010). First you will need to run the Exchange 2010 Installer. In my example I am using Pismo to quick mount the ISO. Right click and say “quick mount.” (You could also extract the ISO to a folder)

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Step 8

Run the Exchange 2010 Setup.

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Step 9

If prompted for languages, simply select Only on the DVD. Then click on “Step 4: Install Microsoft Exchange.”

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Step 10

Click Next passed the first couple screens and leave the defaults. Then choose “Custom Exchange Server Installation.”

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Step 11

On the next page, select “Management Tools” and click Next.

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Step 12

Now its time to launch the Microsoft Management Console and add the snap-ins. Go to the start menu, type MMC and hit enter.

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Step 13

Go to File > Add/Remove Snap-in… or Ctrl+M

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Step 14

Add the following snap-ins:

Active Directory Users and Computers
Microsoft Exchange
Group Policy Management

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Press OK and you should now be all setup and ready to manage your Active Directory and Exchange environment. Enjoy!

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