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Method to SPY on externals of 3rd party MMC Snap-ins Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013745D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-18

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The Microsoft* Management Console (MMC) is the key framework for adminstrative applications on Windows NT**/2000. Admin apps. are called Snap-Ins, they are added to the MMC framework application. The MMC interfaces have been designed to allow 3rd parties to extend others Snap-Ins. This tool provides a simple method to expose the details of a 3rd parties node. (This text assumes detailed knowledge of MMC Snap-In technology) MMSpy, a two-part tool, makes it easy to SPY of the external formats of a 3rd parties Snap-In. a) MMC Node Browser The first, a node browser, provides a simple way to modify the Microsoft registry in such a way as to introduce a "spy" node. It also gives you specific details about the Snap-In associated with the node. The tool allows you to extend Namespace (N), PropertySheet (P) or ContextMenu (M) of a node, where appropriate.