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How to delete the Shutdown Event Tracker in Windows Server 2008

The Shutdown Event Tracker is a great tool for enterprise admins to keep track of server shutdowns. There’s been more than one experience where we’ve been troubleshooting a downed server, and it would have been extremely useful to know what was going through the mind of the person who shut it off. But if you are not running an enterprise, or you just find it more annoying that useful, here’s how to shut it off.

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Go to the start menu search box, type in gpedit.msc, and hit enter. You could also go to Start | Run and do the same, but the search box is faster and cooler.

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Next the Local Group Policy Editor pops up. Under Computer Configuration in the left pane, expand the Administrative Templates, then click on System. Now in the right pane, scroll down till you see Display Shutdown Event Tracker, and double-click on that.

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The settings are kind of misleading, because both the Not Configured and Enabled options enable the Shutdown Event Tracker. There are a few settings for how you can track which machines are shutdown under the Enabled option, but we are just going to turn the whole thing off by choosing Disabled.

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Turning off the Shutdown Event Tracker is a quick fix to a setting that can be annoying, and if you find later that you are needing it, you can come right back here and turn it on just as easily.

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  • Published 12/2/09

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