network service and domain user running it

Posted on 2011-10-21
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
If I check running processes on my XP machine - can I tell which user account is running them if its called NETWORK SERVICE? Is this likely to be a more powerful account that a basic user?

What about SYSTEM and LOCAL SERVICE? WHat accounts run them processes?
Question by:pma111
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    Those are all system accounts (that is, they have their own permissions on the system).  There are no other accounts behind them.
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    If any process is run with individual access - the user login name comes.  The local,system and network service are system local services.
    For detailed listing of processes and user specific use the pslist command.

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    Would there be any case where (on a workstation) a service would be run or started by a domain user account?
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    Expert Comment

    Yes, services can be set up that way.  Maybe the service needs privileges out on the network (as opposed to just on the local machine) or maybe there are security issues where you don't want one of the generic accounts to have access to something.

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