Windows Server 2016 – Disable Server Manager on Startup

Last updated on September 25th, 2021 at 08:47 pm


I don’t know about you, but Server Manager loading up every time I login to a Windows Server 2016 machine drives me nuts!

This is especially annoying when using my lab as most of the hardware is just old bits of kit that is not being used in production any longer.

In older versions of Windows Server, there was a nice convenient tick box within the Server Manager console allowing you to untick it and stop it loading on login:

Server Manager 20082 R2 Console
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However, Microsoft in their wisdom seem to have removed this in the more recent releases of Windows Server.

So, how do we stop it loading up automatically?

There is actually two solutions to this problem. One for per individual user and one for all users. Below we will go through the steps required to disabling this on load for both methods.

Disable Server Manager for all Users

Logon to your Windows Server and allow the Server Manager to load as usual and then close it off.

Then click the Start button at the bottom left and type Task Scheduler. This should bring up Task Scheduler in your Start menu:

Windows Server Manager Task Scheduler Start Menu
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This will load up your Task Scheduler utility:

Task Scheduler
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You then need to browse through the tree structure to this folder location:

Task Scheduler Library -> Microsoft -> Windows -> Server Manager

You should now see in the right side panel, the ServerManager task:

ServerManager Task Schedule
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You can go ahead and right click it and select Disable:

Disable ServerManager
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This will then disable Server Manager console from loading on startup for all users.

Disable Server Manager Per User

If you just want individual users to disable the Server Manager Console on load, then you can use a very simple method detailed below:

Logon to the Windows Server and let the Server Manager Console load up fully. The in the top right corner, click on the Manage label and select Server Manager Properties:

Server Manager Properties
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This will bring up another properties box like this:

Server Manager Properties
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You should go ahead and check the Do not start Server Manager automatically at logon option and click the OK button:

Server Manager Properties do not start server manager on logon
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Next time the user logs in, Server Manager Console will not load for them.


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