Script to check if Service is running every 5 minutes, if not running restart Service

Posted on 2007-11-20
Last Modified: 2013-11-30
Hello Experts,

I am using VNC (running as a Service) on a Server.  
Sometimes it crashes.
I am looking for a way of ensuring the VNC Service (winvnc.exe) gets restarted if it crashes.

What I have in mind is a Script that will:

* check if winvnc.exe is running every 5 minutes,
* if it is not running restart it

Question by:LeighWardle
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gmilhon earned 500 total points
ID: 20323936
You can configure the service to restart upon failure. In the Services control panel, right click the VNC Server service and select Properties. On the "Recovery" tab, you can set the action for the 1st Failure to Restart, you can do the same for the subsequent failures.

Author Comment

ID: 20324004
Hi gmilhon,

Too easy!
Your answer proves the value of using
I had no idea that those options were available in Services/Recovery.

Thanks again,

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Expert Comment

ID: 20324050
Hello again Leigh, please try this script, placing a list of computer names to check the service on, into a file called computers.txt

If LCase(Right(Wscript.FullName, 11)) = "wscript.exe" Then
    strPath = Wscript.ScriptFullName
    strCommand = "%comspec% /k cscript  """ & strPath & """"
    Set objShell = CreateObject("Wscript.Shell")
    objShell.Run(strCommand), 1, True
End If

' Note: strService is case sensitive.
strService = "VNC Server"
strInputFile = "computers.txt"

Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Const intForReading = 1

' Create an endless loop to run every 5 minutes
While 1 <> 2
      Set objInputFile = objFSO.OpenTextFile(strInputFile, intForReading, False)
      While Not objInputFile.AtEndOfStream
            strComputer = objInputFile.ReadLine
            If Ping(strComputer) = True Then
                  Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:" _
                        & "{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" _
                        & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
                  Set colListOfServices = objWMIService.ExecQuery _
                        ("Select * from Win32_Service Where DisplayName='"& strService & "'")
                  On Error Resume Next
                  For Each objService In colListOfServices
                        If Err.Number = 0 Then
                              On Error GoTo 0
                              WScript.Echo "State of " & strService & " service on " & strComputer & ": " & objService.State
                              WScript.Echo ""
                              If objService.State <> "Running" Then
                                    WScript.Echo "Starting " & strService & " service on " & strComputer
                                    WScript.Sleep 5000
                              End If
                              On Error GoTo 0
                              WScript.Echo strService & " service was not found on " & strComputer
                        End If
                  WScript.Echo ""
                  WScript.Echo strComputer & " could not be pinged."
            End If
      Set objInputFile = Nothing
      WScript.Echo "Waiting 5 minutes. Press CTRL + C to exit script."
      WScript.Sleep 300000

WScript.Echo ""
WScript.Echo "Script finished."

Function Ping(strComputer)
      Dim objShell, boolCode
      Set objShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
      boolCode = objShell.Run("Ping -n 1 -w 300 " & strComputer, 0, True)
      If boolCode = 0 Then
            Ping = True
            Ping = False
      End If
End Function


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LVL 65

Expert Comment

ID: 20324059
Oh, ha ha, that approach is much easier!  Nice one!



Author Comment

ID: 20324090
Hi Rob,

Thanks for your efforts.

But I am glad I got to hear about the easy method first!

All the best,

LVL 65

Expert Comment

ID: 20324120
LOL! Yeah, absolutely!  Despite the fact it takes a small amount of manual configuration, it is definately easier, and saves time in the long run!



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