Turn off Shutdown Event Tracker in Windows Server via Group Policy

If you’re like me, it annoys me that Windows Server forces me to tell it why I’m rebooting my server.  For years, I’ve thought “I bet there’s a way to turn that off” but just typed “a” in the comment textbox so the OK button would be enabled and kept going.

Today, I finally got around to searching for it.  In Group Policy, go to Computer Configuration, Policies, Administrative Templates, System and look for the Display Shutdown Event Tracker.  If you set it to Disabled, it won’t show the Shutdown Event Tracker.

P.S. – I have to confess – as I was typing this, I clicked Restart on my server to look at the Shutdown Event Tracker to see what the label on the textbox was (where I type “a”).  As soon as I clicked Restart, the server rebooted – because I had just configured this setting.  I had to laugh at myself for being annoyed that the Shutdown Event Tracker didn’t come up, when I had just turned it off and was writing a post about how to turn it off.  ūüôā

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Things that I like

It occurred to me that a high percentage of¬†my recent posts on various social media are complaints or rants about something that is bugging me at the moment.¬† Because I don’t want to be that guy, here are some things that I like:

  • MLB Network¬†– My TV is constantly on MLB during baseball season. Great, great coverage. I love Harold Reynolds and Mitch Williams is great (which I wasn’t expecting for some reason).
  • Kindle¬†– I got a Kindle last year and, as a book guy, wasn’t sure if I was going to like it. ¬†Now there are very titles where I want the actual book. I just want it on the Kindle.
  • Chili dogs from The Varsity¬†– Drove through Atlanta last weekend going to my cousin’s wedding and got to stop at The Varsity. Best chili dogs on the planet.
  • Ken Burns Baseball¬†– As long as this has been out, I can’t believe I’ve never watched this. ¬†Watching it on Netflix on my Tivo Premiere (2 more things I like, by the way)
  • Foo Fighters¬†– Not only a great band, but you’ve got to love guys that help cover a set at a festival when someone else is a no-show¬†and play shows in peoples’ garages.
  • Stub Hub¬†– They made this list by taking care of me (and everyone else) when it looked like the Auburn vs. Oregon BCS Championship was going to be a disaster.
  • Citrix Online¬†(GoToAssist, GoToMeeting, GoToMyPC)¬†– Helping other people with their computers is a lot easier now than it was 10 years ago and Citrix has a lot to do with that.
  • Google Calendar¬†– On the computer and on my Android phone, this is just a good product.
  • (and last, but not least) Nice lady working at the McDonald’s drive thru who loaned my wife money last week when¬†she got to the window and realized her wallet wasn’t in her purse.

Atlanta Braves/Turner Field seating information

Whenever I’m looking online to buy tickets for¬†a baseball game, I always have a hard time visually translating the 2-dimensional overhead view seating map. (“Is that section in green at the back of the first deck or the front of the second deck?”)¬† I always end up trying to search for pictures of the stadium to make sense of it.

In case anyone else has similar issues (maybe it’s just me) – I’m posting this. I just did a Turner Field stadium tour (which was great by the way), which gave me a good chance to take a lot of pictures.

Click here for the official Turner Field seating chart on Braves.com.  I just discovered that if you click a section on this map Рit shows a picture of the field taken from that section.

As you can see in the ¬†picture below (click the picture for a larger view), Turner Field basically has 3 levels. ¬†Sections numbered in the 100’s and 200’s are on the lowest level – 100’s below the walkway and 200’s above. ¬†This shot is taken from right behind a 200 level section. ¬†The 100 level seats are below the walkway and rails. If you look across the stadium – you can get a better sense of 100 vs. 200.

Turner Field - Terrace level behind Section 228

The sections numbered in the 300s are in the middle level, in front of the suites.  Sections numbered in the 400s are in the upper deck. (You can just see the bottom of the upper deck in right field in the picture above.)

The concourse area on the terrace level (behind the 200 sections) is very spacious by ballpark standards.  Lots of room to get around to bathrooms and concession stands.  (Picture below is dark, but you get the idea.)

Turner Field Terrace Level Concourse

The picture below is the view from the press box. You can get a good sense of the 100 (below the walkway) vs 200 (above the walkway) sections.

The visiting team’s bullpen is just to the left of the foul pole. The open area below the giant screen in center field that looks like a bullpen is actually the sod farm where they grow extra grass to replace worn spots. ¬†The Braves’ bullpen is beyond right field (not shown in this picture).

Notice the area under the big Delta sign. You’ll notice there’s no section shown on the seating chart there. ¬†The 755 Club is located there.

Turner Field view from Pressbox

The picture below zooms in on that area.  The area above all the pennants is the 755 Club. Membership is $500/year, but many tickets you can find on eBay include 755 Club access.

Behind the outfield, there is lots of stuff to do before the game (or during if you have kids that get bored during the game).  If you click on the picture above for a larger view, look in the area between the 755 club and the big screen and you can see through to the Fan Plaza beyond the outfield.  Here is a panoramic view of Fan Plaza from Braves.com.

The picture below shows the view from the 755 club. This view gives you a good view of the 300 sections. (Notice how the suites have a couple of rows of stadium seats on the other side of the white barrier.  Seats below the white barrier are the 300 sections.)

Turner Field - View from 755 club

In the picture below, the area under the big Budweiser sign is the Chop House, a restaurant in the stadium where you can sit and watch the game. ¬†(You can see the Braves’ bullpen from here – to the right of the State Farm sign.)

Turner Field - Chop House

Cool tidbit #1 – tickets for the skinny sections on the very ends of the upper deck (sections 422 and 437) are $1, if you buy them the day of the game.

Cool tidbit #2 – you can bring food into Turner Field. ¬†Here are the details from Braves.com –¬†Food, non-alcoholic drinks (non-glass, non-aluminum) and soft-sided coolers (with the hard plastic liner removed) ARE permitted.