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So I am making headway into setting my Windows Server 2012 Essentials R2 installation on my new N54L. I have shared folders that my workgroup computers can access and I have Plex media server installed as a service (although trying to fidn out why it lags when no user logged in but not when user is logged into server).

 

So I am now starting to look into installing the programs I have heard so much about such as sickbeard, couch potato, minecraft server, blu Iris.

 

My new issue though is how best to add applications to the server? I always imagined a server kinda booted into a default user profile like a standard PC with only one account would, however after installing Plex as a service it is becoming more apparent that people have the server performing roles without a user logged in (not sure of technical term for this?).

 

So I am a bit stumped as to how to install utorrent for instance, as if I install it in my main admin account it only loads when I log in with it, so say in the event of a power failure the server would reboot but not into that profile. Do I need to run everything as a service if I want it to run without a user logged in? Do I have to get it to automatically log a user in to initiate the applications?

 

Could you guys tell me how you installed the programs I mentioned?

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Create a Service Account and only give that account the necessary permissions needed to run a  program.  For instance, create an Account named "SVCTorrent" (Service acct for Torrent).  Give that account full rights on the program but do not make it a Server Admin account unless needed.  If the installed program runs as a service, this is where the change would need to be made.

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Depends on the program, most will ask if it needs to be installed as a service.  Check the Services Applet

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A lot of programs weren't designed to be run as a service. Quite a few of them can be run as a service anyway, but some are problematic. This applies particularly to ones that expect to have interaction with the Desktop.

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So what would be the best bet for them? Auto login as a user on startup? Is this easy to achieve without user interaction encase of a restart cause of power failure?

 

Any drawbacks to always having a user account logged in?

 

 

 

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Personally, I run these types of programs on non-server boxes, ones I don't mind leaving logged in. If you feel you absolutely have to run them on a server, then I suppose an auto-login with an account that only has the absolute minimum privileges needed for the program(s) you need to run is the best way to go.

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You could always do VMs. Most of these programs do not need much power. I used to install all these things on my WHS box until it dawned on me that I was messing with the thing that kept my backups.

 

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You could always do VMs. Most of these programs do not need much power. I used to install all these things on my WHS box until it dawned on me that I was messing with the thing that kept my backups.

 

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Yep... an excellent point.

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VMs would need a user account logged in to run then wouldn't they?

 

I looked into hyper v but seems it wasn't included in my install for some reason.

 

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