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Service Control Manager

Updated: December 11, 2007

Applies To: Windows Server 2008

The Service Control Manager (SCM) maintains a database of the installed services and driver services that allow the operating system to start successfully, and provides a unified and secure means of controlling them. The database, which is stored in the Windows system registry, includes configuration and security information about each service or driver service.

System administrators should use the Services snap-in or the sc.exe command-line tool to query or configure services. It is not recommended to directly alter or read the SCM database present in the registry.

For more information about the Windows Services infrastructure, see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=105082. For more information about Service Control Manager and the SC command, see http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=84961 and http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=70744.

Managed Entities

The following is a list of the managed entities that are included in this managed entity:

Name Description

Service Events Logging

The Service Control Manager (SCM) logs service events to record the activity within a service, for example, the successful start of a service or the unexpected termination of a service.

Aspects

The following is a list of all aspects that are part of this managed entity:

Name Description

Basic Service Control Manager Operations

The basic operations that Service Control Manager (SCM) performs include managing the services and driver services that allow the operating system to start successfully, and reporting when one of these services or driver services fail during system startup. These operations are not associated with any particular service.

Related Management Information

Core Operating System

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