One of the things I hate about switching computers is losing all my customized MMC settings especially the Saved Queries configured in Active Directory Users & Computers (ADUCs). A few days ago I switched cubes at my customer site and proceeded to reconfigure my new system. When I opened ADUCs for the first time and noticed the dozen saved queries I had created were missing I decided to find out where this info is stored. I remotely opened the local user profile on my old computer and discovered some files with no extension named for each MMC in the following location:
I copied the files to the same location on my new computer and all my settings were restored. As a rule I only run ADUCs with my restricted account to view and query Active Directory. When I need to make changes I run ADUCs with an elevated account. I copied the files above to my elevated account profile as well.
Now before the comments start coming in telling me I can create/save a custom MMC to store my settings let me say I have tried a custom MMC. I prefer to work in separate windows, at separate security levels if needed, and switch between windows using ALT+TAB.
More information on creating Saved Queries in ADUCs can be found below.
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