If you did not install services when you installed the VMware Smart Assurance products, you may install services manually. Services are programs that, once started, are generally intended to run continuously. Components installed as services start automatically upon system reboot; those not installed as services (manual processes or disabled processes) require that you issue commands to start and stop them as necessary.

VMware, Inc. recommends that VMware Smart Assurance products be installed as services whenever possible. Typical reasons to install products as services include the following conditions:

  • During installation of the product, you choose to start product components manually and now want to run the components as services.

  • Multiple instances of a single product component running as a service are required. During installation, you can install only a single instance of a product component as a service.

    To manually install a product as a service, use the sm_service installcommand with the appropriate set of options.

    The VMware Smart Assurance System Administration Guide provides a complete description of the command syntax.