Network Administration: Computer Management Console Basics

The Computer Management console, is a tool that’s often useful when tracking down problems in a Windows Server 2008 system. To access this tool choose Start→Administrative Tools→Computer Management. Poke around the console tree in Computer Management and you’ll find:

  • Event Viewer: Refer to the section “Using the Event Viewer,” earlier in this chapter, for more information.

  • Shared Folders: Here, you can manage your shared folders, current sessions, and open files.

  • Performance Logs and Alerts: Refer to the section “Using the Reliability and Performance Monitor,” earlier in this chapter, for more information.

  • Device Manager: This is a handy tool for diagnosing problems with hardware devices. Device Manager lists all the hardware devices currently installed on the computer, as shown below. You can double-click a device to bring up a Properties dialog box that displays information about the status of the device and lets you change drivers or configuration settings.


  • Removable Storage: This lets you track removable storage media, such as tapes and CDs, and manage tape and CD libraries.

  • Disk Defragmenter: This tool lets you optimize the way data is stored on your disks.

  • Disk Management: This tool lets you work with disk partitions, format disks, create mirror sets, and perform other disk operations.

  • Services and Applications: Here, you can manage services and applications that you’ve installed on the computer, such as DHCP, DNS, IIS, and so on.