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Remote Access Auto Connection Manager (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: RasAuto

Executable Name: svchost.exe -k netsvcs

Log On As: LocalSystem

Description: The Remote Access Auto Connection Manager service creates a connection to a remote network whenever a program references a remote DNS or network BIOS (NetBIOS) name or address. This service (sometimes called the autodial service) detects an attempt to resolve the name of a remote computer or shared folder, or an unsuccessful attempt to send packets to a remote computer or shared folder. The service is activated only when there is no network access. In that case, the service brings up a dialog box that offers to make a dial-up or VPN connection to the remote computer.

To assist users, the service maintains a local database of connections that were used in the past to reach named computers or shared folders. When the service detects an unsuccessful attempt to reach a remote computer or shared folder, this service will offer to dial the connection that was last used to reach this remote device.

Windows Product Activation will start both this service and the Telephony service when you do the product activation for any Windows XP or Windows Server operating system.

If this service is stopped or disabled, you need to manually set up connections to remote computers.

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: Default operating system installation

Startup type: Manual

Service status: Stopped

This service depends on the following system components:

Plug and Play

Remote Access Connection Manager

Remote Procedure Call (RPC)


The following system components depend on this service: None

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