The Windows Server 2008 task scheduler has a large number of new features and interface changes, but some administrators may want to reconfigure the default configuration. For instance, there are three scheduled tasks created with installations of Windows Server 2008 that, if permitted by an administrator, will collect and send usage data to Microsoft as part of the Customer Experience Improvement Program (CEIP).If you decide to disable the CEIP scheduled tasks, follow these steps. From the Windows Server 2008 Server Manager, launch the Task Scheduler applet and browse to Task Scheduler Library | Microsoft | Windows | Customer Experience Improvement Program. Right-click the Consolidator task and select Disable (Figure A). Figure A
Browse to the Server section of the Customer Experience Improvement Program task folder, and you'll see ServerCeipAssistant and ServerRoleCollector. Right-click the scheduled tasks and select Disable (Figure B). Figure B
The CEIP data collection is a one-way traffic of usage information of Microsoft products from your installations to Microsoft on the Internet. You do not have any visibility to the information being sent, so it would be a better security practice to disable the jobs; otherwise, I don't see real value in sending this traffic to Microsoft if you don't know what is being sent or where it goes. Besides, do you ever actually answer "Yes" to the CEIP questions? Let me know in the discussion forum.
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Rick Vanover is a software strategy specialist for Veeam Software, based in Columbus, Ohio. Rick has years of IT experience and focuses on virtualization, Windows-based server administration, and system hardware.