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Workstation (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: lanmanworkstation

Executable Name: svchost.exe -k netsvcs

Log On As: LocalSystem

Description: The Workstation service creates and maintains client network connections to remote servers. The Workstation service is a user-mode layer for the Microsoft Networks redirector. It loads and performs configuration functions for the redirector, provides support for making network connections to remote servers, provides support for the WNet APIs, and furnishes redirector statistics.

If this service is stopped, you cannot establish connections to remote servers and access files through named-pipes. This prevents you from accessing files and printers located on other remote computers, but does not affect TCP/HTTP connectivity. Internet browsing and Web Client access will still work.

If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on this service will fail to start.

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: Automatic

Service status: Started

This service depends on the following system components:


The following system components depend on this service:


Computer Browser

Distributed File System

File Server for Macintosh


Net Logon

Remote Procedure Call (RPC) Locator

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