getting service status

Posted on 2009-07-01
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
This is more of a DOS question than a vbscript question, but it's for a vbscript app.
Is there a way to get only the STATE of a service rather than a list of all the statuses for a service, then get these into vbscript?
I haven't tried this code below, because it's doesn't seem acceptable to loop through the output until you find the word "RUNNING" in the output, but I may have to do something like this. So it's not a afunction yet.
It gives you and idea of what I'm doing.
This is the output that I would be working with, and the line that I specifically want to get is"
        STATE              : 4  RUNNING
I don't know how to get that, I know how to get the below:
DISPLAY_NAME: Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP)
        TYPE               : 20  WIN32_SHARE_PROCESS
        STATE              : 4  RUNNING
        WIN32_EXIT_CODE    : 0
        SERVICE_EXIT_CODE  : 0
        CHECKPOINT         : 0x0
        WAIT_HINT          : 0x0


' this is a subroutine, but could be a function that returns the SMPT status

Dim strCommand

Dim intSMPTStatus

Dim intDosError

' the DOS command will be to query the SMTPSVC status

' I could not figure out how to get the 

strCommand = "CMD /C SC QUERY SMTPSVC"

intStyle = 10

intDOSError = 0

intSMTPStatus = 0

Dim fldTemp, strTempName

     set fsoRun = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")

     Set fldTemp = fsoRun.GetSpecialFolder(TEMP_FOLDER)

     strTempName = fldTemp.Path & "\" & fsoRun.GetTempName

     Dim WshShell

     Set WshShell = CreateObject("Wscript.Shell")

     Return = WshShell.Run(strCommand & " >" & strTempName, intStyle, True )

     'Get the output from the command

     Dim filOutput

     Set filOutput = fsoRun.OpenTextFile(strTempName, FOR_READING)

     While Not filOutput.AtEndOfStream

          strOutput = filOutput.ReadLine

          objEntry.WriteLine (strOutput)

	' This is where I would like to get the SMTP status

	If InStr(strOutput,"STATE") > 0 And InStr(strOutput,"RUNNING") > 0 Then

		' If the status of SMPTSVC is running then flag it as 1

		intSMPTStatus = 1

	End If



intDOSError = Return

     'Delete the temporary file

     fsoRun.DeleteFile strTempName

Set WshShell = Nothing     

End Sub

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Question by:harmono
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RobSampson earned 500 total points
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Hi there. You can try using this VBS function to retrieve the State of a service.  You need to call the function using

strComputer = "."
strServiceName = "browser"
strState = Get_Service_State(strComputer, strServiceName)



Function Get_Service_State(strComputer, strServiceName)

	Const wbemFlagReturnImmediately = &h10

	Const wbemFlagForwardOnly = &h20

	On Error Resume Next

	Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:\\" & strComputer & "\root\CIMV2")

	Set colItems = objWMIService.ExecQuery("SELECT State FROM Win32_Service WHERE Name='" & strServiceName & "'", "WQL", wbemFlagReturnImmediately + wbemFlagForwardOnly)

	For Each objItem In colItems

		strState = objItem.State


	If Err.Number <> 0 Then

		strState = "N/A"


	End If

	On Error GoTo 0

	Get_Service_State = strState

End Function

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We decided to move this project to Visual Basic 2008, but I might re-visit this later. Thanks.

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