Adjusting Server Manager settings on 2012R2 so it doesn’t automatically start upon login

Adjusting Server Manager settings to it doesn’t automatically start upon login (or turn it back on)

Update: the steps below for modifying auto-start for server manager within the server manager GUI will only affect the user account under which it is being set.  To change the auto-start behavior for all users to not automatically start, you can enable a group policy by going to gpedit.msc, local computer policy, computer configuration, administrative templates, system, server manager, enable the policy for “do not display Server Manager automatically at logon”.

For Windows Server 2012R2: You may want to adjust the settings for Server Manager so that the Server Manager window opens automatically (or doesn’t open automatically) when logging into a Windows Server 2012R2 desktop session via RDP. You may want to turn it off so that it doesn’t consume resources during login or if it isn’t useful to users.  You can follow the steps below to turn auto-start on or off.

Open Server Manager by clicking the Server Manager icon on the bottom taskbar right next to the start button

  1. Under the “Manage” drop-down in upper right corner, select Server Properties, then click the box by “Do Not Start Server Manager Automatically…” (or uncheck it is you want it to start automatically upon login)
  2. You can always open Server Manager by clicking on the icon in the task manager next to the start button that looks like a toolbox