SMB: The Workstation service should be set to start automatically

Updated: April 27, 2010

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

This topic is intended to address a specific issue identified by a Best Practices Analyzer scan. You should apply the information in this topic only to computers that have had the File Services Best Practices Analyzer run against them and are experiencing the issue addressed by this topic. For more information about best practices and scans, see Best Practices Analyzer.


Operating System

Windows Server 2008 R2


File Services





The Workstation service is not set to start automatically.

Unless an administrator manually starts the Workstation service each time the computer restarts, the computer will not be able to access shared folders and other Server Message Block (SMB)-based network services.

Set the Workstation service to start automatically.

Additional resolution information is currently under development and will be published as soon as it is available.

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