Starting services automatically on remote XP SP2 Server 2003 Clients

Posted on 2007-10-17
Last Modified: 2010-04-18
Is there any way that I can enable and start a specific service on a number of XP SP2 computers through a Server 2003 AD Policy?
Basically we have a Server 2003 domain with XP SP2 clients and I would like to start the Messenger (net send) service on all of the clients automatically through the AD either with a policy setting or via a script.
Question by:wilmslowhighcheshire
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    Accepted Solution

    If you are in an Active Directory environment, you can control this using Group Policy as described here:
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    Assisted Solution

    You can use the free PSsevice tool from sysinternals. Details of use and download can be founf at

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