Windows Server 2003 introduces a new feature that helps keep track of the reasons for shutting down a particular server. The Shutdown Event Tracker service interrupts a server shutdown and queries the administrator about the reason for bringing down the server; it then writes an event to the logs.
When a server powers off due to a power failure or a hardware failure, the Shutdown Event Tracker service asks for the reason the next time the server boots up. While useful in environments where admins track every shutdown reason, this feature can become an annoyance in other situations.
However, you can disable the Shutdown Event Tracker service using the new Group Policy Management Console, which you can download from Microsoft's Web site.
After downloading this tool, follow these steps:
You can also reboot the machines to make your changes take effect. At the first reboot, the Shutdown Event Tracker will still be active because Windows hasn't loaded the new policy yet.