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Smart Card (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: SCardSvr

Executable Name: SCardSvr.exe

Log On As: LocalService

Description: The Smart Card service manages and controls access to a smart card inserted into a smart card reader attached to your computer. The smart card subsystem is based on personal computer/smart card (PC/SC) consortium standards and consists of the following components:

Resource manager. This component manages access to readers and smart cards. To manage these resources, it performs the following functions:

  • Identifies and tracks resources.

  • Allocates readers and resources across multiple applications.

  • Supports transaction primitives for accessing services available on a given card.

The resource manager also exposes a subset of the Win32 API to provide applications with access to these functions.

Card/Reader Selection UI. This component allows simple applications that work with smart cards to access a card and reader with minimum coding.

If this service is stopped or disabled, your computer cannot read smart cards.

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

The following system components depend on this service:


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