fully control windows service by Perl + sc.exe

Q: how do I monitoring my "Oracle*Report*ABC" service on windows box?
A: user Perl and sc.exe from windows resource kit is good idea.

You can use Win32::Service module of course, however it only allow you to query/start/stop windows service. Fortunately windows give us sc.exe (service control) to Create, Start, Stop, Query or Delete any Windows. And then? use Perl as wrapper to page you when it goes down (yes, it would failed and stopped there even if it was set ‘retry after failure’ in some case). That is the page for.
Keep it simple:
foreach (sort keys %$win32_services){
    $output=`sc query "$win32_services->{$_}"`;

Want to create/delete windows service? full command reference is in ss64 website.
      SC [\server] [command] [service_name] [Options]
Some useful command in SC
          query         Show status
          start          START a service.
          stop           STOP a service
          pause          PAUSE a service.
          create         Create a service. (add it to the registry)
          delete         Delete a service (from the registry)

Important Note
the service name is NOT ALWAYS the same as display name, which you see in windows service list 🙂

Solution 1
– run  SC GetKeyName <DisplayName> to get the real service name from windows registry
– run SC against the real service name

Solution 2
– if you are familiar with windows registry, run regedit and go to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINESYSTEMControlSet***Services,  get it there.

Resource kit is the key to figure out who is your serious windows SA. 🙂


About Pang

Oracle DBA working in database, fusion middleware and identity management and cloud.
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