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Convert it to a workstation.

It's a good idea to make life easier for yourself and convert the server in look-and-feel to a workstation, as described at http://www.win2012workstation.com/ The website contains a link to the Microsoft Server Converter 2012 tool that should do the heavy lifting for you, but it's supposed to be 51 MB in size. This is ridiculously large, it should be less than 1 MB IMHO, so we don't really trust it. The tips on the website are solid. We've done the following ourselves:

  • Disable CTRL+ALT+DEL
  • Disable Shutdown Event Tracker
  • Disable Server Manager at login


  1. Go to Start > Administrative Tools.
  2. Double-click Local Security Policy.
  3. Click Security Options > Local Policies > Security Options.
  4. Search Interactive Logon: Do not require CTRL+ALT+DEL and choose Enabled.
  5. Click OK.

Disable Shutdown Event Tracker

  1. Press Win+R.
  2. Type gpedit.msc and enter. This starts the Local Group Policy Editor.
  3. Expand Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > System.
  4. Search for Display Shutdown Event Tracker, open it, set it to Disabled and click OK.
Disable Server Manager at Login
  1. Go to Start > Server Manager
  2. Click the Server Manager ([computer name]) node
  3. In the Server Summary section, uncheck Do not show me this console at logon.