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Terminal Services (System Services for the Windows Server 2003 Family and Windows XP Operating Systems)

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

Service Name: TermService

Executable Name: svchost.exe -k termsvcs

Log On As: LocalSystem

Description: Terminal Services provides a multisession environment that allows users to access a virtual Windows desktop session and Windows-based programs running on a remote computer. Terminal Services allows multiple users to be connected interactively to a terminal server (a server that has Terminal Server enabled), allows users to access desktops and applications on remote computers, and allows users to access another user’s desktop for administration purposes.

If this service is stopped or disabled, the computer might become unreliable. To prevent remote use of your computer, clear the Allow Remote Assistance and Allow Remote Desktop check boxes on the Remote tab of the System Properties dialog box.

Available on: Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition; Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition; Windows Server 2003, Datacenter Edition and Windows Server 2003, Web Edition

Installed through: By default, Remote Desktop for Administration is installed on computers running Windows Server 2003. To install Terminal Server, use the Configure Your Server Wizard or Add/Remove Windows Components.

Startup type: Manual

Service status: Started

This service depends on the following system components:

Infrared Monitor

Remote Procedure Call (RPC)

The following system components depend on this service:


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