On Microsoft Windows operating systems, a service is a long-running executable that performs specific functions which is designed not to require user intervention. Windows services can be configured to start when the operating system is booted and run in the background as long as Windows is running, or they can be started manually when required.

The Services action provides various ways to automate the management of local or remote services. Using a variety of activities, you can easily automate operations such as starting, stopping, installing or uninstalling services. You can also query for a list of services installed on the system along with their current state.

Available Activities

The following table briefly describes the available activities for this action arranged in alphabetical order as specified in the action's Activity to perform parameter. Click the appropriate link for more details regarding each activity.


Services - Get State

Populates a variable with the current state of the specified service (i.e. Stopped, Running, Paused etc.)

Services - Install

Installs the specified service into the SCM (Service Control Manager) so that it can be started and stopped.

Services - List

Creates and populates the specified dataset with the services installed on the system along with their current state.

Services - Pause

Pauses the specified service.  

Services - Resume

Resumes the specified service.  Only "paused" services can be resumed.

Services - Start

Starts the specified service.

Services - Stop

Stops the specified service.

Services - Uninstall

Uninstalls the specified service.