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?


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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, 2011 at 18:35
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    Look for "Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP)".
    – LonnieBest
    Dec 12, 2012 at 18:03
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    Also, you need to make sure the feature is installed Dec 12, 2012 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... Mar 10, 2016 at 6:51

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

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