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Author Topic: Quick script to change the recovery options of a Windows Service  (Read 3610 times)

questorfla

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Need to change the recovery options on a windows service (for an added software) from the default "take no action" to "restart service" on at least "first and second occurrence" and probably on "all subsequent" as well.
The timing is not critical as the defaults from the GUI when used in control panel work fine but this is for some people who are not here and should not be allowed to even know that control panel exists.  :)
I almost got there with SC stated as :
          "sc failure xxxxx actions=restart/60000/restart/60000// reset=120" but not quite. Windows error-ed "invalid option" but it should work with xxxxx being the service name.

This format also may not set the subsequent failure option to restart as well which is the layout I have tested and found to work best.  I am not familiar with using SC and have never configured anything with it before.  I also saw some other more complex comands but I only need to set these three options on only this one service.
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Re: Quick script to change the recovery options of a Windows Service
« Reply #1 on: June 30, 2014, 05:31:24 PM »
Don't know that I ever actually tried that, but give this a read: http://technet.micro...ibrary/cc742019.aspx It appears that the space locations are critical and I think the actions set has to be enclosed in {}.

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Re: Quick script to change the recovery options of a Windows Service
« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2014, 10:49:58 AM »
don't you need spaces between the = chars and the parameter? (like "reset= 120")?  i seem to remember that.
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Re: Quick script to change the recovery options of a Windows Service
« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2014, 11:14:21 AM »
As an example, the following worked fine for me, (Win8Pro x86):

sc failure browser actions=restart/60000/restart/60000/restart/60000 reset=86400

First, Second, and Subsequent actions Restart after 60 seconds, failure counter reset after 1 day for service Computer Browser (service name = browser).

Naturally, you need admin privileges.
« Last Edit: July 01, 2014, 11:20:20 AM by 4wd »

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Re: Quick script to change the recovery options of a Windows Service
« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2014, 11:42:46 AM »
I was thinking like x16wda that the space was necessary also ... But that's probably just because the documentation on SC.exe says it is a requirement.. *Shrug* :D

But...
As an example, the following worked fine for me, (Win8Pro x86):

sc failure browser actions=restart/60000/restart/60000/restart/60000 reset=86400

First, Second, and Subsequent actions Restart after 60 seconds, failure counter reset after 1 day for service Computer Browser (service name = browser).

I can confirm this spaceless version worked for me on Windows 8.1 Pro.

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Re: Quick script to change the recovery options of a Windows Service
« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2014, 12:28:39 AM »
4Wd hit the nail on the head.  (As usual 4WD always hits something :)  )

Anyways, thanks for the replies.  I had somebody point out the importance of spaces "Always after = never before" or some such.  Truly it is.
The part about the admin was driving me nuts trying to figure out how to give admin priv to a bat file until I hit my OWN head and remembered "DUH"
Right Click > Run as Admin.  Works every time (or for this it did anyway)
Thanks to all for the input
Not to be wasting time or space but I got another good question but I'll close this and post it separate.


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Re: Quick script to change the recovery options of a Windows Service
« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2014, 12:30:46 AM »
SJ, I don't know how you made it work.   On every instance of the = it followed the rtule staed in first reply.  the = had to have a space afterward.  Also using 8.1 so I don't know what the difference is.

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Re: Quick script to change the recovery options of a Windows Service
« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2014, 06:47:28 AM »
SJ, I don't know how you made it work.   On every instance of the = it followed the rtule staed in first reply.  the = had to have a space afterward.  Also using 8.1 so I don't know what the difference is.

Hm... That is weird. I just pasted 4wd's string into an admin CP, changed the target service to fax (as it's unused and breakable), hit enter and checked the results. I was actually expecting it to fail...but it worked just fine. *Shrug* I don't know..