Disable automatic loading of Server Manager


When you log in to a server, the Server Manager windows loads automatically. On a small VM this can take some time and waste som e resources, especially if you forget to close it and log off.


Create a GPO to disable the automatic loading of Server Manager.

  • Start Group Policy Managment Editor
  • Create and link a new GPO on the OU/OUs where you want to apply it.
  • Find the setting Computer Configuration\Policies\Administrative Templates\System\Server Manager\Do not display Server Manager at logon
  • Enable it
  • close the GPO and wait for a GPO refresh, or trigger a gpupdate /force on any applicable computers.


Author: DizzyBadger

SQL Server DBA, Cluster expert, Principal Analyst

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