Microsoft Provides an MMC Reference

Poorly organized but essential anyhow.

With the release of Internet Information Services version 4 we saw the advent of the Microsoft Management Console, a tool designed to simplify network and computer systems administration. Administrators saw the advantages of this right away but it was tough for developers to figure out how to best take advantage of this new tool. This book is designed to help Visual C++ and Visual Basic 6 developers take full advantage of the MMC framework and start developing powerful MMC console applications quickly.

Pros: Plenty of well-documented source code samples.
Cons:
Poorly organized.
Verdict: Excellent reference material for MMC developers.

The first three parts of the book (chapters 1-16) are full of redundant information, little of which contains technical depth. Don't skip them entirely, but spend most of your time in the either the C++ or Visual Basic chapters where there is a wealth of information on design and development, complete with well-documented source code and samples. The CD contains a complete electronic copy of the book as well as the MMC and Accessibility SDKs.

Overall, this book is a valuable reference tool that you need to have if you are serious about developing for the Microsoft Management Console, despite its failings.

About the Author

Joseph L. Jorden, MCSE, MCT, CCNA, CCDA is Chief Technical Officer for Dugger & Associates (www.Dugger-IT.com). He was one of the first 100 people to achieve the MCSE+I and one of the first 2,000 to become an MCSE under Windows 2000. Joseph frequently contributes to books from Sybex and various periodicals.

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