If you’re anything like me, chances are you’ve got dozens of virtualised dev servers hanging around and you shut them off at the end of the day; you also have no idea what to put in the Shutdown Event Tracker Comment box. The event and comment do get written to the event log for future reference so I usually comply and specify an exact reason where applicable or with my standard comment “a” for “all good” or “a-team” or something like that!
In practice, I’m the only one using my dev environments and I’ve never had the need to remind myself why I shut down the server. The specific event is likely buried among the shut down/start up events anyway and it’s probably safe to say this feature was intended for multi-admin production environments.
The shutdown event tracker is just an extra hassle as a developer but it can be turned off:
- Run –> gpedit.msc
- Browse to the Local Computer Policy / Computer Configuration / Administrative Templates / System node
- Locate and open the Display Shutdown Event Tracker policy
- Set it to Disabled
Life = that little bit easier.