Using the Registry to Manage Shutdown Event Tracker

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You can configure the registry to enable or disable the Shutdown Event Tracker. The Windows Server 2003 default installation enables Shutdown Event Tracker by default. However, you can configure the registry settings to enable it or disable it on demand. The process is described in Exercise 9.09.

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We prefer to use the registry to configure Shutdown Event Tracker in many cases (in comparison to the local Group Policy settings). The local Group Policy can dictate the shutdown policy for the domain. This is not feasible for a single machine configuration. Another reason is the lack of terminal server access to local Group Policy settings. You can use the Registry Editor to edit the remote computer's registry in this case.

Exercise 9.09

Configure Registry Entries for Shutdown Event Tracker

1. Open the Registry Editor. (Click Start | Run | and type regedit.)

2. Navigate to the HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\ Windows\CurrentVersion\Reliability\ key and select the ShutdownReasonUI value. This value does not exist by default; if it has not been created, create a new DWORD value and name it ShutdownReasonUI.

3. Double-click the ShutdownReasonUI key. A screen similar to Figure 9.36 appears.

Figure 9.36 Editing the Registry Key for Shutdown Event Tracker

Figure 9.36 Editing the Registry Key for Shutdown Event Tracker

4. The value 1 in the Value data text box indicates that the Shutdown Event Tracker is enabled. The value 0 indicates that the Shutdown Event Tracker is disabled. Enter the appropriate data value, depending on whether you wish to enable or disable the Shutdown Event Tracker.

5. Click OK and close the Registry Editor. Restart the computer to apply the changes.

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