Check if a service or process is running.

Posted on 2007-03-25
Last Modified: 2008-01-09
I need to write a batch file that checks to see if a particular service and process are running.  If either is not running I need to restart them.  I need to run this batch file everytime the computer is rebooted.
Question by:dsa_erie
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How about:

sc stop "TermService"
sc start "TermService"

If you want to check first try this:

@echo off


for /f "tokens=1,* delims=:" %%a in ('sc query "TermService" ^| findstr RUNNING') do sc stop "TermService"

sc start "TermService"

Good Luck,
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by:Steve Knight
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If this is truly a service rather than just an application process then have you considered using the options on the recovery tab of the service - look in properties of the service, recovery tab and you can choose to set it to restart service, generally on first and second failures only then maybe have it do something different on subsequent failures such as send a message to an admin.

If it isn't a service then the sc batch file method won't work either, you'd have to do some parsing on output of tasklist.exe to see if it is in memory then re-run the app. if not.


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Here is my situation.  I run Kerio Mail Server with ClamAV.  I've tried to get ClamAV installed as a service, but it's not working for me.  That's ok.  Once I have this batch file in order all will be fine.  The number 1 issue I have with these two programs is the order in which they are started.  ClamAV need to be started before KMS.  The problem with ClamAV is that it sometimes takes two or three attempts before it starts properly.  So I need to know if it has started via the batch file.  Same thing for KMS.  I hope this clears it up a bit.
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by:Steve Knight
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OK, how do you start the apps... are you just running the EXE then?  Is this on 2003 in which case we have tasklist.exe available otherwise we'll have to use resource kit commands.

Sounds like great applications to work with!

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SteveGTR earned 250 total points
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Try this. It starts the first service and waits for it to start. Then it starts the second service. You may change the service1 and service2 variable to reflect the service name as reported by sc query.

@echo off


set service1=ClamAV
set service2=KMS

sc start "%service1%"

REM ** Wait for service 1 to start


for /f "tokens=1,* delims=:" %%a in ('sc query "TermService" ^| findstr RUNNING') do goto CHECKAGAIN

sc start "%service2"
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by:Steve Knight
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If it is 2003 you could do something like this, could be made more elegant but is this the sort of thing you are after?

@echo off
set service1=clamav.exe
set path1=c:\program files\clamav
set service2=kms.exe
set path2=c:\program files\kms
set maxtries=5
set /a count=0

tasklist | find /i "%service1%"
if "%errorlevel%"=="0" echo %service1% is running & goto service2
if %count%==%maxtries% echo Unable to start %service1% & goto end
set /a count=%count% + 1

rem re-run service #1

rem wait 10 seconds for it to start or fail presumably
ping -n 10 >NUL

rem Try again
goto service1


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by:Steve Knight
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I'd be happy with a split with SteveGTR... although the Q talks of services it turned out to be normal EXE files, not services which is why I offered a solution checking it is running with tasklist.exe

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I would agree to that :)

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