Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Disable SBS 2003 EULA Monitoring

Original link:
Pafts original post drew me to this thread after a google search.

I also didn't want to have to bother with this crap that my legitimate
copy of Windows SBS couldn't run unless it was a DC. As it happens, we
already had a second licence of SBS and simple wanted to re-use a
currently un-used licence of SBS to implement a webserver, but without
all the bloat that the SBS install affords.

The first thing I did was to install the server normally, the first
chance you get to cancel the install of SBS bloat is when Windows starts
for the first time after install, I seized my opportunity.

What I didn't see however was the quite frankly ridiculous scenario
whereby Microsoft had decided to force restart the server every hour and
NET SEND spam the network "this server doesn't comply with licensing
requirements" across the entire network. Microsoft can stick that.

Anyway, like I said it was Pafts post that brought me here to the forum,
and I've found a slightly more elegant solution to this problem rather
than just aggressively killing the process until Windows gives up trying
to start it again, and I'd like to share it in the hope that Google will
re-index and pick it up for others to use. You may have noticed this
service cannot be disabled via the MMC snap-in.

My search term on google was: how to stop the SBCore service

Anyway, down to business…
- Tools you'll need – Process Explorer from

As you probably know, you have a service called SBCore or "SBS Core
Services", which executes the following process:

If you kill it, it just restarts – and if you try and stop it you are
told Access Denied.

If you fire up Process Explorer, you can select the process and Suspend
it, now we can start to disable the thing.

Run RegEdit32.exe and expand the nodes until you reach the following
hive / key:

Right click this, hit permissions and give the "Administrators" group on
the local machine full access ( don't forget to replace permissions on
child nodes ). F5 in regedit and you'll see all of the values and data
under this key.

Select the "Start" DWORD and change it from 2 to 4 – this basically sets
the service to the "Disabled" state as far as the MMC services snap-in
(and windows for that matter) is concerned.

Next, adjust the permissions on the file
C:\WINDOWS\system32\sbscrexe.exe so that EVERYONE account is denied any
sort of access to this file.

Then go back to process explorer, and kill the sbscrexe.exe process, if
it doesn't restart – congratulations!

Load up the services MMC snap-in and you should find that "SBS Core
Services" is stopped and marked as Disabled.


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