SharePoint 2016: Cannot Find “Start” or “Stop” Options in Services on Server?
Problem: On creating service applications, like in SharePoint 2013, I tried starting service instances from the “Services on Server” page of the SharePoint 2016 Central Admin site. Still, I couldn’t find any option to start any service instances.
This is because: We are using MinRoles farm topology! MinRole in SharePoint 2016 starts necessary services on respective servers automatically! We don’t have to start service instances manually!
Creating service applications automatically starts necessary service instances on required servers. So, We don’t need to start any service instance from the “Services on Server” page of the SharePoint 2016 Central Administration site. MinRole service controls them all.
Instead of specific MinRoles (like WFE, Application, Search, Cache), if you use “Custom” MinRole, you’ll find “Start” and “Stop” links next to each service instance according to their current status.