Windows Server 2008 Command Lines for Administrative Consoles

Filed Under (Tools, Windows Server 2008) by on 20-06-2008

I’m always of fan of shortcuts and the Windows Server 2008 Administrator”s Companion from Microsoft Press has a complete list of the command line shortcuts for starting Administrative Consoles for Server 2008.  There are plenty of other goodies in this book so make sure you take a look at getting this one. 

Command Line

Console Name

AdRmsAdmin.msc    Active Directory Rights Management Services
Adsiedit.msc    ADSI Edit
Azman.msc Authorization Manager
Certmgr.msc Certmgr (Certificates)
Certtmpl.msc Certificates Template Console
CluAdmin.msc Failover Cluster Management
Comexp.msc Component Services
Compmgmt.msc Computer Management
Devmgmt.msc Device Manager
Dfsmgmt.msc DFS Management
Dhcpmgmt.msc DHCP Manager
Diskmgmt.msc Disk Management
Dnsmgmt.msc DNS Manager
Domain.msc Active Directory Domains And Trusts
Dsa.msc Active Directory Users And Computers
Dssite.msc Active Directory Sites And Services
Eventvwr.msc Event Viewer
Fsmgmt.msc Shared Folders
Fsrm.msc File Server Resource Manager
Fxsadmin.msc Microsoft Fax Service Manager
Gpedit.msc Local Group Policy Editor
Lusrmgr.msc Local Users And Groups
Napclcfg.msc NAP Client Configuration
Nfsmgmt.msc Services For Network File System
Nps.msc Network Policy Server
Ocsp.msc Online Responder
Perfmon.msc Reliability And Performance Monitor
Pkiview.msc Enterprise PKI
Printmanagement.msc Print Management
Remoteprograms.msc TS RemoteApp Management
Rsop.msc Resultant Set of Policy
Secpol.msc Local Security Policy
ServerManager.msc Server Manager
StorageMgmt.msc Share And Storage Management
Services.msc Services
StorExpl.msc Storage Explorer
Tapimgmt.msc Telephony
Taskschd.msc Task Scheduler
Tmp.msc Trusted Platform Module (TPM) Management
Tsadmin.msc Terminal Services Management
Tsconfig.msc Terminal Services Configuration
Tsgateway.msc TS Gateway Manager
Tsmmc.msc Remote Desktops
Uddi.msc UDDI Services Console
Wbadmin.msc Windows Server Backup
Wdsmgmt.msc Windows Deployment Services
Winsmgmt.msc WINS Manager
WmiMgmt.msc WMI Control

9 Responses to “Windows Server 2008 Command Lines for Administrative Consoles”

  1.   Scott Says:

    Hey Brian! Thnx for a great blog! I was wondering, is there a way to install the Certificate Services feature to a Server Core installation?

    thnx again,


  2.   BrianM Says:

    Hi Scott,

    Server Core will not allow Certificate Services. Take a look here to learn a little more about what can run on Server Core and how to configure your server – http://www.adminprep.com/articles/default.asp?action=show&articleid=102



  3.   Ludovic Says:


    Is there a way to create a shortcut to the task scheduler of a remote computer ?
    I did it for the computer management with : compmgmt.msc /computer:zc114 !
    But /computer failed with taskschd.msc !!!

    Thank you for your help.



  4.   BrianM Says:

    Hi Ludovic,
    I just tried this on a regular Server 2008 install and it worked well. I don”t have a Server Core install up and running to test right now.



  5.   Ludovic Says:

    I think I tried all solutions …
    My first try is :
    %SystemRoot%system32taskschd.msc /computer:ze103
    but I tried too :
    %SystemRoot%system32taskschd.msc /s /computer:ze103
    Run As Administrator
    with the FQDN rather than the short name …

    The last server (zc114) was Win2003SRV, but this (ze103) is Win2008
    And I would like to create on a Win2008x64 Server.
    My UAC is not desactived.



  6.   BrianM Says:

    Hi Ludovic,
    Very strange that it isn”t working for you. Could you try deactivating UAC for the testing?



  7.   Hi Brian Says:

    Do you have any idea if I can change the Remote Desktop licensing mode through cpl with parameters, or in any way via command line?
    Thanks a lot!


  8.   Rashmi Raj Says:

    Hey Brian,

    Thanks for such a great article..

    I was trying to use StorExpl.msc to know the SAN details however, its not working


  9.   rinz Says:

    taskschd.msc /computer:pcwhatever simple DOES NOT WORK. With other msc addons it does work, but not this one. Elevated or not, different variations of the command. All unsucesful. Yep, it opens the last remote computer you connected to by GUI, not the one specified on the command line. That one let me thought it worked for a moment.


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