[RC5] NT 4.0 service client - auto start/stop?

C. Baker Pacific at pacific-steel.com
Wed Jul 28 00:05:08 EDT 1999

>Is there someone out there who has successfully done this sort of thing
>and can give me some pointers?

I use the SC.EXE utility included in the Resource Kit to do it.
(To get it to work, I had to have the AT service on my machine 
running as an administrator)
A Sample AT command is:
      SC \\COMPUTERNAME START Bovrc5nt >> stuff.log
or    SC \\COMPUTERNAME STOP Bovrc5nt >> stuff.log

Just typing SC with no arguments will give you the instructions.

>Date: Tue, 13 Jul 1999 00:40:06 +1000
>From: Neil Muspratt <neil at gargoyle.apana.org.au>
>Subject: [RC5] NT 4.0 service client - auto start/stop?
>I have the Win32 service client running on several NT 4.0 Workstation
>machines to which I have admin rights. I've been trying to figure out
>a way to start and stop some clients automatically, either locally or
>(preferably) remotely from my own NT 4.0 Workstation PC. 
>I can start/stop the clients remotely from my PC with the NETSVC.EXE
>command line utility (part of the NT 4.0 Resource Kit) but this only
>works interactively - I can't automate the process using a batch file
>executed by the AT scheduler. I guess this is because AT doesn't have
>admin privileges when it runs programs. I had the same problem when I
>tried using NET START and NET STOP in batch files that were executed
>by AT locally on the remote machines.
>It would be very useful if the client had the ability to switch itself
>on and off automatically during the day at whatever times you preset in
>the .INI file.

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