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I need a powershell or vbscript that can stop a service on remote computers.

Paul
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by:athomsfere
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You can use SC
sc \\machinename stop <serviceName>

Or type SC /? in a command prompt for more information
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by:pauledwardian
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is this a powershell command or batch file command?
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by:Dale Harris
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It's a little tough since "stop-service" doesn't support remote computers.  You can however achieve this through the WMI framework:

$Computer = "."
$ServiceName = "WSearch"
(gwmi -computername $Computer -class win32_service | ?{$_.name -eq "$servicename"}).stopservice()

HTH,

Dale Harris
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by:Bill Prew
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SC is a built in windows command, can be executed in a BAT file.

~bp
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by:Bill Prew
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And of course powershell can execute SC since it's a built in Windows command.

~bp
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by:pauledwardian
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Thanks a lot Dale. But it gave me this error:

You cannot call a method on a null-valued expression.
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by:pauledwardian
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I used the following code:

$Computer = "computername"
$ServiceName = "Windows Firewall/Internet Connection Sharing (ICS)"
(gwmi -computername $Computer -class win32_service | ?{$_.name -eq "$servicename"}).stopservice()
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by:pauledwardian
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but it gave me this error:

You cannot call a method on a null-valued expression.
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by:Dale Harris
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You can't use the name that the service uses for english.  You have to use the property called Service Name.  For example, my WindowsFirewall service is actually:
MpsSvc

So go to properties under that service, and it's the first listing.

For Computer Name did you actually enter in a computer name or did you just put "computername"?

Dale Harris
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by:pauledwardian
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You are the man Dale. One last request and I will be very thankful from you.
I have a list of computers in text file. Can this code read the text file and uses the computer names from that text file?
It is on C:\computernames.txt

Thanks again
Paul
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by:pauledwardian
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I think I got it. Am I correct Dale?

$Computer = gc "C:\Computers.txt"
$ServiceName = "SharedAccess"
(gwmi -computername $Computer -class win32_service | ?{$_.name -eq "$servicename"}).stopservice()
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by:pauledwardian
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Can I change the service starup to Manual as well? Please?
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by:athomsfere
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This should do it, but I can't test it right now.

$Servicename = "SharedAccess"

Get-Content 'C:\Computers.txt' `
 | Foreach-Object {(gwmi -computername $Computer -class win32_service | ?{$_.name -eq "$Servicename"}).stopservice()}

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by:pauledwardian
ID: 36474810
I got it but thank you anyway.

$Computer = gc "C:\Computers.txt"
$ServiceName = "SharedAccess"
(gwmi -computername $Computer -class win32_service | ?{$_.name -eq "$servicename"}).stopservice()
(gwmi -computername $Computer -class win32_service | ?{$_.name -eq "$servicename"}).changeStartMode("Manual")



Can someone help me to add an or statment that if the service in windows 7 is called firewall then it also changes that to stop as well?
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by:Dale Harris
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You almost got it, but it wouldn't have gone through all the computers in your list.

$Computers = gc "C:\Computers.txt"
$ServiceNames = "SharedAccess" "MpsSvc" #MpsSvc is Windows Firewall in Windows 7
Foreach ($Computer in $Computers){
foreach ($ServiceName in $ServiceNames){
$Service = gwmi -computername $Computer -class win32_service | ?{$_.name -eq "$servicename"}
$Service.changestartmode("Manual")
$Service.StopService()
}
}

This would work like this:

Two computers: localhost and .

Two services: SharedAccess and MpsSvc

First iteration:
localhost service SharedAccess is set to manual and stopped

Second iteration:
localhost service MpsSvc is set to manual and stopped.

Then it goes through it twice again with . computer

Does that work?

DH
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$Computers = gc "C:\Computers.txt"
$ServiceNames = "SharedAccess","MpsSvc" #MpsSvc is Windows Firewall in Windows 7
Foreach ($Computer in $Computers){
foreach ($ServiceName in $ServiceNames){
$Service = gwmi -computername $Computer -class win32_service | ?{$_.name -eq "$servicename"}
$Service.changestartmode("Manual")
$Service.StopService()
}
}

Forgot the comma between the services.

DH
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by:pauledwardian
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Fantastic!
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by:pauledwardian
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You are the man
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