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Access the Services snap-in on another computer

Updated: January 21, 2005

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

To access the Services snap-in on another computer

  1. Open Services.

  2. In the console tree, right-click Services, and then click Connect to another computer.

  3. In the Select Computer dialog box, type the name of the computer that you want to manage, or click Browse to find it, and then click OK.


  • Changing the default service settings may prevent key services from running correctly. It is especially important to use caution when changing the Startup type and Log on as settings of services that are configured to start automatically.

  • In most cases, it is recommended that you not change the Allow service to interact with desktop setting. If you allow the service to interact with the desktop, any information that the service displays on the desktop will also be displayed on an interactive user's desktop. A malicious user could then take control of the service or attack it from the interactive desktop.


  • To improve performance and security in the Windows Server 2003 family, several services have been disabled by default that were previously enabled on Windows 2000. For a table that lists the default settings and provides information about how to enable these services, see Default settings for services. Note that these settings apply only to new installations, not upgrades; all previous service configurations are preserved during upgrades to the Windows Server 2003 family.

  • If you enable or disable a service and you encounter a problem starting the computer, you can start the computer in Safe Mode. Then, you can change the service configuration or restore the default configuration. In Safe Mode, core services that are required to start the operating system are started in a default scheme, regardless of any changes that are made to the service settings. For more information about Safe Mode and other startup options, see Related Topics.


  • You must be a domain member on the specified computer to access the Services snap-in.

  • To open Services, click Start, click Control Panel, double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Services.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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