Snap-in failed to initialize” error message when you open Microsoft Management Console

Check the PATH environment variable as described in the article below.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/826282

In Windows Server 2008 you will need to right-click ‘My Computer’ and then click the ‘Advanced System Settings’ option under ‘Tasks’ to pull up the Advanced System Properties window.  Once there, click the ‘Environment Variables…’ button under the ‘Advanced’ tab to bring up the Environment Variables properties.  Scroll down under the ‘System variables’ box to find the PATH variable and verify its settings as stated in the MS article above.  The setting should be %SystemRoot%\system32;%SystemRoot%;%SystemRoot%\system32\WBEM.  If it is different, then correct the setting.

 

 

 

 

To resolve this behavior, add the %SystemRoot%\System32\WBEM folder to your PATH environment variable. To do so, follow these steps:

  1. Right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
  2. On the Advanced tab, click Environment Variables.
  3. Under System Variables double-click the PATH environment variable.
  4. Type:

    %SystemRoot%\system32;%SystemRoot%;%SystemRoot%\system32\WBEM

    Note If other system variables appear, do not remove them.

  5. Click OK, and then click OK.

 

 

 

Instructions

Installing Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7
You must be either a member of the Administrators group on the computer on which you want to install the Administration Tools pack, or you must be logged on to the computer by using the built-in Administrator account.
Important: Remove all versions of Administration Tools Pack or Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows Vista with SP1 from the computer before installing Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7.
Important: Only one copy of Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 can be installed on a computer at one time. Before you install a new package, remove any existing copies of Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7. This includes any copies that are in different languages. To remove existing copies of Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7, see Removing the complete Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 pack on this page.
1. On a computer that is running Windows 7, download the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 package from the Microsoft Download Center.
2. Open the folder into which the package downloaded, and double-click the package to unpack it, and then start the Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 Setup Wizard.
Important: You must accept the License Terms and Limited Warranty to start to install the Administration Tools pack.
3. Complete all the steps that you must follow by the wizard, and then click Finish to exit the wizard when installation is completed.
4. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Programs.
5. In the Programs and Features area, click Turn Windows features on or off.
6. If you are prompted by User Account Control to enable the Windows Features dialog box to open, click Continue.
7. In the Windows Features dialog box, expand Remote Server Administration Tools.
8. Select the remote management tools that you want to install.
9. Click OK.
10. Configure the Start menu to display the Administration Tools shortcut, if it is not already there.
• Right-click Start, and then click Properties.
• On the Start Menu tab, click Customize.
• In the Customize Start Menu dialog box, scroll down to System Administrative Tools, and then select Display on the All Programs menu and the Start menu. Click OK. Shortcuts for snap-ins installed by Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 are added to the Administrative Tools list on the Start menu.
Reinstalling or removing individual Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7
If a remote administration tool was removed from a computer that is running Windows 7, you can install it again by performing the following steps.
To reinstall individual remote administration tools:
1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Programs.
2. In the Programs and Features area, click Turn Windows features on or off.
3. If you are prompted by User Account Control to allow the Windows Features dialog box to open, click Continue.
4. In the Windows Features dialog box, expand Remote Server Administration Tools.
5. Select the remote management tools that you want to install, or clear the check boxes for any tools that you want to remove. Click OK.
Removing the complete Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 7 pack
You must be either a member of the Administrators group on the computer from which you want to remove the Administration Tools pack, or you must be logged on to the computer by using the built-in Administrator account.
You can remove the complete Administration Tools pack from a computer by using the Uninstall a program utility in Control Panel.
To remove the Administration Tools pack
1. Click Start, click Control Panel, and then click Uninstall a program in the Programs area.
2. Click View installed updates.
3. Select Update for Microsoft Windows (958830).
4. Click Uninstall.

 

 

 

Start – Run – MMC

File – Add/Remove Snap-in – Add

Select Remote Desktops – Click Add

Click Close. Click OK. Done. Right click on Remote Desktops and then you can add new connections. If the snap in is not available, I would suggest downloading the admin pack:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/…

This also adds snap-ins for AD users and computers, etc……

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