Stop the SBS 2008 Console from starting automatically

The SBS 2008 console is useful when setting up a server – but it starts up every time you log in! Whilst this is beneficial for a client administrative user (being presented with the easiest way to do common tasks), as a systems integrator regularly logging in to a system, you will find that you don’t need this console most times! We also give line-of-business application vendors their own administrative account, and they generally don’t need the SBS console – just log in, troubleshoot or upgrade their app, and manage a SQL database.

It is quite easy to disable, just a bit counter-intuitive as to the location. It’s not in startup, not in the registry run keys – but a scheduled task!

  1. Go to Start -> Administrative Tools -> Task Scheduler
  2. In the left-hand pane, expand out to Task Scheduler Library -> Microsoft -> Windows -> Windows Small Business Server 2008
  3. Right-click on the ‘Console’ scheduled task and select ‘disable’
  4. Log off and log back on to test!

Thanks to the Screencast on