Wednesday, November 27, 2013

User_Feed_Synchronization

You may have noticed on every 2008 server there exists a scheduled task, the author of which is the person that built the server. It is named "User_Feed_Synchronization" followed by some GUID. This is created by the Windows installation process. This task downloads web slices for your "Internet Explorer Experience" and is certainly not needed in an Enterprise environment.



You can just delete the task and make Windows mad, but the correct way to do this is to go into:

Internet Explorer
Internet Options
Content
Feed and Web Slices Settings
Uncheck "Automatically check feeds and Web Slices for updates"




Close out the Windows and refresh the task scheduler and you will see the task had been removed.

I don't think this is a huge deal, I'm sure the data is quite small, as is the burden of the task on the OS, but multiplied by thousands of servers and...?


Cheers!

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