I'm running an IIS SMTP server in Windows 2008 R2 and it can be started manually. However, if I need to restart the system, I must manually start the SMTP server.

Is there a way for it to start automatically on boot?



Open the run dialog on the server, and enter services.msc. Locate the 'Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP)' service, right click, choose Properties and set the service to Automatic. From now on, it will start at boot

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    There is no SMTP service... – user79537 Apr 26 '11 at 18:35
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    Look for "Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP)". – LonnieBest Dec 12 '12 at 18:03
  • Also, you need to make sure the feature is installed – Dan McClain Dec 12 '12 at 18:26

The display name in the services list is "Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP)"

Set the Startup Type to Automatic

You may also want to select the Recovery tab and set the service to restart on failures.

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    And to think I spent a good 15 minutes looking for "SMTP" in that list... – Frank Tzanabetis Mar 10 '16 at 6:51

Scheduled Tasks, Run on boot. That's will accomplish what you're looking for.

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