Task Manager oddities

Microsoft Windows server 2008 enterprise
July 27, 2010 at 15:38:23
Specs: Windows Server 2008, Xeon E5405
Been pulling my hair out trying to figure this thing out. I was wondering I could get some input from some more experienced folks here. First, the main symptom is when I attempt to launch the task manager while logged onto the server the task manager doesn't even come up. All I get is the green CPU meter icon in the system tray. I can't right click it or anything.

As a side effect, I'm using this server as a Terminal Services Server so I have remote applications hosted on this machine. When users launch a remote desktop (remote application mode) everything runs fine, but then the task manager of the server pops up along with whatever program they opened. What's also odd is that it jumps straight to the Users tab. I've even looked into and edited the .rdp files using Notepad. The only change I was able to illicit was when I changed the 'remoteapplicationmode=1' to 0. It would launch a full RDP session, but the task manager wouldn't launch. Or maybe it is launching in the background, but I can't see it. I really can't be sure.

I've investigated every place I could think of that might be set to launch the task manager. GPOs, Active Directory, Log on scripts, etc. I don't want the users to be able to log each other off, but at the same time I'd like the task manager to be available in case an application hangs or a network admin needs to troubleshoot something. Any help would be greatly appreciated.



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September 15, 2010 at 14:34:54
Hmm.. this is a weird one.

I'm assuming ctl alt del has the same outcome?

If its doing that then maybe check the permission settings? I know that WS2008 is a little funky when it comes to permissions and rights. Does it not work on other profiles or just this one?

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