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Install the Fax Server Role

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

To create a fax server, you must install the Fax Server role. This installs the Fax Server role page, Fax Service Manager, the Fax service, and a fax printer.

To install the Fax Server role

  1. Click Start, click Server Manager, in the left pane click Roles, and then in the right pane click Add Roles.

  2. In the Add Roles Wizard, on the Select Server Roles page, select the check box for Fax Server. When you do this, you will see a message that Print Services and Remote Server Administration Tools also need to be installed with the Fax Server role.

  3. Click Add Required Role Services and then click Next.

  4. On the Select Fax Users page, click Add and then type the domain and user name for groups and users that will have access to the fax server to send or receive faxes. Click Next.

    noteNote
    The Administrators group is added automatically to the Fax Users group and cannot be removed. In addition, if the Fax Users group already exists on the computer and is populated, those members will automatically appear under Fax Users or User Groups, but can be removed.

  5. On the Specify Who Can Access the Fax Server Inbox page, do one of the following and then click Next:

    • Click Only routing assistants can access the fax server inbox to limit access to the inbox to just members of the Routing Assistants user group. These users are responsible for routing faxes in the inbox to the intended recipients. You will specify group members later in the wizard.

    • Click All users can access the fax server inbox to give all users with access to the fax server the ability to view all received faxes. This option provides less privacy, but also requires less management.

  6. If you chose to limit access to the inbox to Routing Assistants, on the Select Routing Assistants page, click Add and then type the group name or domain and user name for groups and users who will be members of the Routing Assistants group. Click Next.

    noteNote
    As with the Fax Users group, the Administrators group is added automatically to the Routing Assistants group and cannot be removed. In addition, if the Routing Assistants group already exists on the computer and is populated, those members will automatically appear under Routing assistants, but can be removed.

  7. Continue through the wizard until you reach the Confirm Installation Selections page and review the choices that you made. Click Install.

  8. The roles that you selected are installed. If there is an error during the installation, it will be noted on the Installation Results page.

Additional considerations

  • To install fax components, you must be a member of the Administrators group or you must have been delegated the appropriate authority. As a security best practice, consider using Run as to perform this procedure.

  • After you install the Fax Server role, you can access Fax Service Manager and the Fax Server role page from Server Manager. To do this, in Server Manager, in the left pane, double-click Roles, and then click Fax Server. The role page appears in the right pane

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