How can I tracking down services that use the administrator account to start

Posted on 2006-04-21
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
Hello all,
Last night I changed the admin password for our network. Everything went pretty smoothly. I restarted our Exchange 03 and SQL 2000 machines, and found the services that start using the admin password. After making the changes they all seem to run great.
I have 19 2003 servers total. All doing different functions from FTP to Antivirus and everything in between. My question is this: Is there a way to find what services start using the admin user account without waiting for them to fail? A 3rd party tool to do this? I would like to be a little proactive in tracking down these services, but I don't want to look at the properties for each and every service on 19 servers. Any ideas?
Thanks in advance,
Question by:14100
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    Accepted Solution

    you can use the mmc (start, run, mmc)


    File, "add/Remove Sanp-in..."
    Click Add
    scroll to "services", click "add"
    Select "Another Computer" and either type the name or browse for it, click "finish"
    Repeat this for all 19 servers

    When returning back to the mmc (close, cancel) you will see a list of servers in the left pane

    Ensure that the window is maximised and choose the first sever in the list on the left

    Sort the "Log on as" column by name and any servers logging on as the administrator should be listed at the top.

    Maybe not the best solution but shouldn't take too long and you will be able to amend any problem services from this view too.

    Hope this helps,

    Expert Comment

    Hi Craig
    I am not aware of a shorter way than this or the previous post but it is very simple to determine which services are using the admin log on,
    (which incidentally is a HUGE security no no)

     this is similar to previous postings but hopefully clearer

    On any server, click  Start\Programs\Administrative tools\Services (I usually put this shortcut on the desktop for management purposes)
    This which will open the MMC, then  sort by "Log on As"

    You can identify each services' credential, then alter the password for any using the admin account
    To switch to another server simply right click on services in the top left pane and "Connect to another computer" browse and select

    I would stongly recommend setting up an account with minimal privilages to allow the relevent service to work as required,rather than using Admin.

    Author Comment

    Thanks guys. That would minimize some of the work tracking down these services. I 'm going to check into creating a new account right away to remove the admin account from any services.
    Thanks again
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    Expert Comment

    Thanks for the points, glad I could help!

    I admit that my way was slightly more long winded but my thoughts were that if you create a console as I outlined above you can then save it.

    You can then, as a a temporary measure, update the administrator password for any accounts not running and then (as suggested by InGeniousIT) find out which various services you need to create accounts for and then come back to the saved console to change the accounts without having to connect to the services console of each server again.

    Good luck with it all.


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