By default, when logging in to Windows Server 2016, Server Manager automatically starts with your session. I find it really annoying. Here are three ways to disable automatic startup of Server Manager:
Method One: Disable Server Manager using server manager properties.
- Within Server Manager click on manage and then “Server Management Properties”:
- Within Server Manager Properties, tick the box that says “Do not start Server Manager automatically at logon”:
Method Two: Use Group Policy Editor (All users)
- Run gpedit.msc to edit the policy of the local machine or domain wide Group Policy Management Console
- Go to Computer Configuration -> Administrative Templates -> System -> Server Manager:
Method Three: Disable Server Manager from Task Scheduler
- Open Task Scheduler
- In the left hand navigation pane, go to Task Scheduler Library -> Microsoft -> Windows -> Server Manager
- Right Click on the “ServerManager” Task and choose disable:
Method Four: Use PowerShell to disable the Server Manager Scheduled Task
- Run Windows PowerShell
- Enter the command:
Get-ScheduledTask -TaskName ServerManager | Disable-ScheduledTask -Verbose
So many methods to achieve the same result. Depending on how many servers you are looking after will determine which is the best option for you. I hope this helps.