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In Windows Server 2008 R2 there is the "Server Manager" program that always starts up when I log on. I would like to make it so that this does not start up every time that I log into the server.

How can I do this?

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I found this blog post by Alen Siljak which describes how you can keep it from starting when logging on. There are two different methods to solve the problem. The first and most simple is a checkbox in the Server Manager itself. The second involves modifying the registry

  1. UI Method - In the "Server Manager" program there is the "Server Summary -> Computer Information" section. At the bottom of the section there is a checkbox "Do not show me this console at logon". Check this box and exit the program and at next log on you will not see the Server Manager.

  2. Registry Method - Go to the registry editor and "HKLM\Software\Microsoft\ServerManager" and set the variable "DoNotOpenServerManagerAtLogon" to 1. Then go to another entry at "HKCU\Software\Microsoft\ServerManager" and set the "CheckedUnattendLauncSetting" to 0 (Note that this will only set it for the current user). After logging out and logging back on you should no longer see the server manager.

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Are you related in any way to that blog you linked to? –  Chris S Jun 26 '12 at 18:29
I'd also like to know what twit upvoted both the question and the answer, before I rectified that. On a completely unrelated topic, do you (skeletank) have a second SF account, by any chance? –  HopelessN00b Jun 26 '12 at 18:53
I'm not at all related to that blog. If you look at my answers on stackoverflow I frequently reference my source to give credit where credit is due. –  skeletank Jun 26 '12 at 19:16
The reason that the spam alert went off in our heads here is that you're answering a VERY simple and obvious thing for sysadmins.. I mean, the checkbox is right in the middle of the first thing you look at after a fresh install. How many people needs to search the net to find this solution? –  pauska Jun 26 '12 at 19:30
@skeletank This would be like someone going to programmers.se and asking a question about how to get stdio libraries to work in C and posting an answer that says to include stdio.h. Sure it's programming related, but it's so elementary that you'd hope anyone acting in a professional capacity would already know it. We appreciate the effort, but this isn't really a problem that a server admin would struggle with. –  MDMarra Jun 26 '12 at 20:24

This behavior can also be suppressed with Group Policy. From The Server Manager Main Window on TechNet:

The Do not show me this console at logon check box in the Computer Information section lets administrators prevent Server Manager from opening automatically when they log on to the computer, if they do not need to see Server Manager at every logon. This behavior can also be controlled by the Group Policy setting Local Computer Policy/Computer Configuration/Administrative Templates/System/Server Manager/Do not display Server Manager automatically at logon.

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In cases where the Server Manager opens with a fault and cannot load the MMC, the checkbox is not available to check. If you don't want to fix the fault, but keep the Server Manager from popping up, then the registry method is a great work around.

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