Restart windows service from Linux

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

I had a request on how to restart the three LSF services from a script. The person worked on the farm team and did not relish the idea of using remote desktop or VNC.

I thought about a Powershell script or using a batch script to run the PsService from sysinternals. It looked simple as the command is as follows:

psservice \\<computer> -u <domain\username> -p password stop service <service name>

psservice \\<computer> -u <domain\username> -p password start service <service name>

I contacted the user and asked a couple more questions and learned she wanted to run the script from Linux. Of course this required a change in my approach as I like to keep things as simple as possible especially when a user will write their own script. I decided to abandon windows scripts and find away to see if Linux could handle this via the windows management interface.

Looking around the Net, I found a way I didn’t even consider. Simply install the Samba-Common. This offers the Net utility(or as close to it as possible) for the Linux host. The particular command in question is Net RPC service command:

To list out the services on a Windows computer:

net rpc service list -I <IP Address> -U “<domain\username>%<password>”

If you wish to use the command line; simply remove “%<password>” and you will be prompted for a password.

To start or stop a service; you would enter:

net rpc service {start|stop} <Service Name> -I <IP Address> -U “<domain\username>%<password>”

Again, if you wish to use the command line, simply remove “%<password>” and you will be prompted for a password.

The account used will have to have local admin privileges so if you decide to script it, secure the file to yourself since the password will be plain text.

Much as I would like to impress you with my great knowledge; there was a sense of urgency to the request so I went to the Net and I did get help from the following sites so credit must be given where credit is due.

LifeHacker

Commandlinefu

LyleBackenrorth

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