SMB: The Server service should be set to start automatically

Updated: February 2, 2011

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

This topic is intended to address a specific issue identified by a Best Practices Analyzer scan. You should apply the information in this topic only to computers that have had the File Services Best Practices Analyzer run against them and are experiencing the issue addressed by this topic. For more information about best practices and scans, see Best Practices Analyzer.

Operating System

Windows Server 2008 R2


File Services






The Server service is not set to start automatically.


Unless an administrator manually starts the Server service each time the server restarts, client computers will not be able to access shared folders and other Server Message Block (SMB)-based network services on this server.


Set the Server service to start automatically.

Membership in the Administrators group, or equivalent, is the minimum required to complete this procedure.

To set the Server service to start automatically

  1. In Administrative Tools, click Services.

  2. In the Services pane, right-click Server, and then click Properties.

  3. In Startup type, click Automatic, and then click OK.