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Does W2K3 Standard suffer similar problems as W2k3 Small Business Edition regarding shutting down?

A client has w2k3 small business edition but was not ready to convert to a domain.  Not being familier with SBE, I tried to configure it as a stand alone server and ran into a problem where the server will shut down every hour after the 7th day of operation.  Is this an issue with w2k3 standard?  I'd hate to blow away the current box only to have the same issue appear again.

Thanks,

Greg
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What90Commented:
Hi cleavage,

That's not a feature, the server shouldn't shut itself down
Sounds like there's a problem with the server, and potentially a script or possibly a thermal shutdown option?

What do the event logs says about the shutdowns?
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cleavageAuthor Commented:
Actually, it does seem to be a feature.  The event log had an error message that clearly stated the server would not run for more than 7 days if it was not made a domain controller.  Here's the skinny from Microsoft themselves.  I had never heard of this either.
What I really want to know though is can a w2k3 server be brought up as just a stand alone box without having to be a dc so it can be a member of a workgroup.

MS info...................

Windows 2003 Small Business Server Shuts Down Unexpectedly; Events 1001, 1013 and 1014 are Logged
Author: Chad Gross MVP

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Article ID : 555087
Last Review : October 14, 2004
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 SYMPTOMS
 CAUSE
 RESOLUTION
 MORE INFORMATION

SYMPTOMS
A Windows 2003 Small Business Server may shut down unexpectedly if setup was not completed correctly.
 
You may receive the following errors in the event viewer:

     Event ID:  1013
     Source:  SBCore
     Description:  "This computer must be configured as a domain controller. To prevent this computer from shutting down in the future, run Setup on the disk that you used to install the operating system to configure the computer as a domain controller."

     Event ID:  1014
     Source:  SBCore
     Description:  "This computer must be configured as a domain controller. It will be shut down in 60 minutes. To prevent this computer from shutting down, run Setup on the disk that you used to install the operating system to configure the computer as a domain controller."

     Event ID:  1014
     Source:  SBCore
     Description:  "This computer must be configured as a domain controller. It will be shut down in 30 minutes. To prevent this computer from shutting down, run Setup on the disk that you used to install the operating system to configure the computer as a domain controller."
 
     Event ID:  1001
     Source:  SBCore
     Description:  "The server was shut down because it did not comply with the EULA. For more information, contact Microsoft."


CAUSE
This issue can occur if the Windows 2003 Small Business Server integrated setup was not completed.  Windows 2003 Small Business Server must be a domain controller and hold all FSMO roles for the domain.  In order to facilitate migration from an existing domain, the Small Business Server can function for 7 days after installing without being promoted to a domain controller.  After that time, the Small Business Server must be promoted to a domain controller using the integrated setup.  If the integrated setup is not completed, the SBCore service will initiate a shut down of the server.

RESOLUTION
To resolve this issue, complete the Windows 2003 Small Business Server integrated setup.  To access integrated setup, select "Windows Small Business Server 2003" in the Add/Remove Programs applet in the Control Panel.  
MORE INFORMATION
829623 - Default Services That Are Installed in Windows Small Business Server 2003:
http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=829623
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cleavageAuthor Commented:
As I side note, I understand MS might not want a server to not be part of a domain to recieve connections since people connecting to a share could be bypassing the whole license per seat thing.  My worst case scenario is to make a DC so it's not the end of the world, just trying to delay it.
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What90Commented:
Wow, never seen that before! Good find on the Ms link
It makes sense though, as you've mention Ms just don't want you to use SBS any of functions without it being the DC.  Guess that's one of the many hobbling features they've added.

Looks like you're going to have to make it the DC, I can't see any way around it and I'm sure Ms nailed down any back doors to bypass it.
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LimeSMJCommented:
Just to answer your question... No.  Win 2k3 Standard does not have that "feature" to shut down after a week of not being a DC.
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cleavageAuthor Commented:
This question (or the answers to it really) put me in a bit of a pickle because What90 was very helpful but LimeSMJ actually answered the question I was asking.  After consulting the powers that be at Expert, it seems that LimeSMJ should really be awareded the points.  So, that's what will happen here.  I do thank you both for helping with my issue.
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