Enable MMC Version 3 in Windows Server 2003 R2

by Chris Sanders [Published on 23 Feb. 2006 / Last Updated on 23 Feb. 2006]

To unlock the newest version of the Microsoft Management Console in Windows Server 2003 R2 you will need to perform the following steps...

Windows Server 2003 R2 comes with the newest version of the Microsoft Management Console (MMC Version 3.0). However, in order to use this functionality you will have to unlock it in the system registry.

  1. Run your registry editor (regedit.exe from the run prompt)
  2. Navigate to HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\MMC
  3. From the Edit menu, select New > Key
  4. Enter the name as "UseNewUI" and select "OK"
  5. Exit regedit.exe


Chris Sanders is the network administrator for one of the largest public school systems in the state of Kentucky. Chris's specialties include general network administration, windows server 2003, wireless networking, and security. You can view Chris' personal website at www.chrissanders.org.

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Chris Sanders is a network security analyst for EWA Government Systems Inc. Chris is the author of the book Practical Packet Analysis as well as several technical articles. His personal website at www.chrissanders.org contains a great deal of information, articles, and guides related to network administration, network security, packet analysis, and general information technology.

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