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Hi experts,

Just installed SBS 2003 on a new server. I installed a program, which was having problems working. Support logged into the server and saw that three out of the four services that needed to be running were not installed. He was able to manually install them. I have never had a problem like this before.

It's all fixed for this program, but is there any reason the server would block services from being installed? Or is this more likely to be caused by the program itself (which I know you have no way of knowing -- just wondering which would be more likely)?
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It depends on what services were missing.  During an SBS 2003 install, and while running the setup wizards, you are asked what portions of SBS you want to install.  SBS will not install services that are not needed to run the specific options and applications that you select. It's likely that whatever services this particular application needed were not installed because they were not needed by SBS itself.
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Thanks hypercat,

So when he installed them manually using the command prompt, they will stay?

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Yes, they will certainly stay installed until or unless someone manually uninstalls them .
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Last question. Is there a list of all of the services that should by default be in the services? And, is htere a list that shows whether they should be manual or automatic? And, why choose manual over automatic? Of course, the list would depend on what you installed I suppose.
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Here's a link to a Techrepublic article that is helpful. However, if you're not a member of TechRepublic, you might not be able to download it:
http://downloads.techrepublic.com.com/5138-10879-5766252.html
There are some basic services that always need to be running.  Other than that, what services are necessary on your server depends entirely on what functions the server is performing - i.e., whether it is a domain controller, a DHCP server, a DNS server, etc. In addition to that, each additional server application you install, such as Exchange, SQL server, etc., has its own services that are installed with that application.
The manual v. automatic choice is simple - if it's an essential service that must be running, for the most part those services should be set to Automatic.  There are a few native Windows services that are set to manual because they only run under certain circumstances and will be started up automatically when needed. The reason for setting them to Manual is twofold - one, you don't want to have services running, using up your CPU cycles and memory, unless you really need them; and two, you also don't want to have anything running that might increase your exposure to security risks unless it is absolutely necessary.
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Thanks hypercat. That was a great succint answer.
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