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Hi,

Is it possible to programatically change the logon credentials for a windows service after it is installed?

The case is: I'm writing a windows service to be installed on a server, and controlled from an admin app. At some point the admin will need to make the service log on using a different account to perform certain operations (it doesn't matter if it has to restart).

Also I need to control the service from a remote computer in the same domain, do I have to set up a remoting connection, or only change domain user access?
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by:ozymandias
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When you says "control" the serveice do you mean stop, start pause, continue, restart ?
Wndows already provides and interface to doing this.
You can also set the account used by a service easily both locally and remotely, are you sure you want to do it programmatically ?
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by:Harlequin_
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>When you says "control" the serveice do you mean stop, start pause, continue, restart ?
Yes, plus the ExecuteCommand(int) / OnCustomCommand(int) to make the service perform custom commands on demand.

>Wndows already provides and interface to doing this.
Yes, but I am building a simplified admin tool for relatively novice users, and would like to let them use only one app for all functionality.

>You can also set the account used by a service easily both locally and remotely, are you sure you want to do it programmatically ?
Yes, for the same reasons.

The most urgent part is to be able to run custom commands from a different computer (using the admin app).
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by:ozymandias
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Are you using the ServiceController class ?

ServiceController controller = new ServiceController("servicename", "remotemachinename");
controller.Start();
controller.Stop();
controller.ExecuteCommand(int);

etc ?
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by:ozymandias
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If you cannot only use ExecuteCommand I think you can generate a proxy class for the remote service object using controller.CreateObjRef(Type);

Still not sure how you would set/change the service account username/password.
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by:Harlequin_
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Yes, I'm using ServiceController, and I don't need other than start/stop/executecommand etc.

Do you know what permissions is needed to use the servicecontroller to control a windows service on a different computer?
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by:ozymandias
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I think it will depend on the local policies on the machine but I'm not sure what the defaults are.
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by:Harlequin_
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I'll do some more reading tonight. Just found out that ExecuteCommand only accepts integers betweer 128 & 256.. :-\

Do you have a complete example of using controller.CreateObjectRef(Type) - objectRef.GetRealObject - etc with all the remoting settings needed?
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I'm afraid I don't have any examples of this but I think its fairly routine remoting stuff so there should be lots of examples available.

As for changing the account and password used for running the service you need this :

[DllImport("advapi32.dll", CharSet=CharSet.Unicode, SetLastError=true)]
public static extern Boolean ChangeServiceConfig(IntPtr hService, UInt32 nServiceType, UInt32 nStartType, UInt32 nErrorControl, String lpBinaryPathName, String lpLoadOrderGroup, IntPtr lpdwTagId, String lpDependencies, String lpServiceStartName, String lpPassword, String lpDisplayName);


For more information on how to use this method see : http://www.pinvoke.net/default.aspx/advapi32.ChangeServiceConfig
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by:Harlequin_
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I think this is as far I'll get without doing more research myself :)

Thanks for your help!
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No problem. Good luck.
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