Disable Server Manager at Startup for all Users? #WindowsServer

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This article will show you how to disable Server Manager at startup for all users.


Today’s post is not related to Virtualization or Cloud topics.

If there is one thing irritating me when I log on to Windows Server is Server Manager.

When you log on to a server, the Server Manager application is automatically launched for you. Sorry thank you, I don’t want this!

This can be disabled every time you log on with a different user via the Server Manager properties as shown in the following screenshot.

Server Manager Properties
Server Manager Properties

How to do it…

To disable Server Manager for all servers and all users, you can leverage Group Policy under:

Computer Configuration | Administrative Templates | System | Server Manager

Double-click on Do not display Server Manager automatically at logon and Set to Enabled and click OK.

Do not display Server Manager automatically at logon
Do not display Server Manager automatically at logon

However, if you are not using Active Directory in your environment and you want to automate this behavior for all users… What you can do is use Windows PowerShell!

And what is surprising is that Server Manager is a scheduled task under Task Scheduler.

Get-ScheduledTask -TaskName ServerManager | Disable-ScheduledTask -Verbose


Server Manager is gone forever now Winking smile


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