Adminpak.msi Redux

Whenever you are working with the tools included in the Administration Pack, you might want to use some shortcuts to get quicker to the information you want.  For instance, when working in a Active Directory forest with multiple domains, you sometimes do not want to spend time clicking and hovering through the Start Menu to get to Active Directory Users and Computers, to open the AD structure of the domain you are logged into, and to manually open the Active Directory Domain you want to make changes in.

Do it quicker.

You can, using the Command Prompt or Run in the Start Menu, type in the corresponding Microsoft Management Console Snap-in Control file to open the correct domain.

For instance, to open up the Active Directory Users and Computers console for Contoso’s subsidiary in Paris (domain “”) you could use the following:

dsa.msc /domain=paris

This will open the Active Directory Users and Computers console with the paris domain opened.

Some of the other snap-ins you can open directly:

Certificates certmgr.msc
Indexing Service ciadv.msc
Computer Management compmgmt.msc
Device Manager devmgmt.msc
Disk Defragmenter dfrg.msc
Disk Management diskmgmt.msc
Event Viewer eventvwr.msc
Shared Folders fsmgmt.msc
Group Policy gpedit.msc
Local Users and Groups lusrmgr.msc
Removable Storage ntmsmgr.msc
Removable Storage Operator Requests ntmsoprq.msc
Performance perfmon.msc
Resultant Set of Policy rsop.msc
Local Security Settings secpol.msc
Services services.msc
Windows Management Infrastructure (WMI) wmimgmt.msc
Component Services comexp.msc

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