After deploying a RDS (formerly Terminal Server) server for a client recently, every time a user logged on Server Manager was loading at start up. This is pretty undesirable behaviour as it will only confuse or annoy users, and there is nothing of relevance there for them, so the best solution is to stop it from appearing.
In this post I’ll look at how to stop Server Manager from loading at start up.
The Server Manager running at start up is actually controlled by Windows Task Scheduler. If you drill down into Task Scheduler Library – Microsoft – Windows – Server Manager, you’ll see a task to start Server Manager. The key thing to note is the Trigger is set for “At log on of any user”.
Click the Triggers tab, highlight the Trigger “At log on” and click Edit.
Change the radio button from Any user to Specific user, and click OK. In the example below it is enabled for the admin account.
Give is a quick test and you should only see Server Manager when you log in with the admin account (or account of your choosing).