Computer Management is a collection of Windows administrative tools that you can use to manage a local or remote computer. The tools are organized into a single console, which makes it easy to view administrative properties and to gain access to the tools that are necessary to perform your computer-management tasks.
The Computer Management console consists of a window divided into two panes. The left pane contains the console tree; the right pane contains details. When you click an item in the console tree, information about that item is displayed in the details pane. The information that is displayed is specific to the item that you select.
The administrative tools in Computer Management are grouped into the following three categories in the console tree:
Use the Event Viewer tool to manage and view events that are recorded in the Application, Security, and System logs. You can monitor the logs to track security events and to identify possible software, hardware, and system problems.
Use the Shared Folders tool to view connections and resource in use on the computer. You can create, view, and manage shares, view open files and sessions, and close files and disconnect sessions.
Local Users and Groups
Use the Local Users and Groups tool to create and manage your local user accounts and groups. Local Users and Groups is available only in Windows XP Professional.
Performance Logs and Alerts
Use the Performance Logs and Alerts tool to configure performance logs and alerts to monitor and collect data about your computer's performance.
Use Device Manager to view the hardware devices installed in your computer, update device drivers, modify hardware settings, and troubleshoot device conflicts.
Use the Removable Storage tool to track your removable storage media and manage the libraries, or data-storage systems, that contain them.
Use the Disk Defragmenter tool to analyze and defragment volumes on your hard disks.
Use the Disk Management tool to perform disk-related tasks such as converting disks or creating and formatting volumes. Disk Management helps you manage your hard disks, and the partitions or volumes that they contain.
How to Use Computer Management on a Remote Computer
NOTE: You must be logged on as Administrator or as a member of the Administrators group to view and modify most properties and perform most computer-management tasks.
To connect to and use Computer Management on another computer:
Click Start, and then click Control Panel. Click Performance and Maintenance, click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Computer Management.
Right-click Computer Management (Local), and then click Connect to another computer.
Click Another Computer, and then type the name of the computer that you want to manage remotely, or click Browse to locate the computer. Click OK and then click OK to return to the Computer Management window. The Computer Management window of the remote computer is displayed. The name of the remote computer is displayed at the root of the console tree.
In the console tree, expand System Tools, Storage, or Services and Applications to view the tools and services in each of these containers.
Click the item that you want (for example, Event Viewer) to use the tool, and then view the information that is associated with it.
For more information about how to use Computer Management, see Computer Management Help. (In the Computer Management window, click Computer Management, and then click Help on the Action menu.)
For more information about how to use any of the administrative tools in Computer Management, see the Help file for the individual item. (In the Computer Management window, click the item in the console tree, and then click Help on the Action menu.
For additional information about how to use Event Viewer, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
308427 How To View and Manage Event Logs in Event Viewer