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I would like to build an application that manages other computers on the network. All pc's are XP, 2003 machines and I would like to have one machine to monitor which services are running on which machines and if one of them dies, restarts the service/machine. So far I can imagine making client server apps that talk with each other, but I'd really like to keep it centralized. There is an interesting article about remote service starting http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=252340, but I'm puzzled about monitoring. Has anyone had any experience in this area, and if yes, could you recommend me in wich direction I should better start looking for? [Edited by - _Madman_ on May 23, 2006 9:13:42 AM]

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I would like to build an application that manages other computers on the network. All pc's are XP, 2003 machines and I would like to have one machine to monitor which services are running on which machines and if one of them dies, restarts the service/machine. So far I can imagine making client server apps that talk with each other, but I'd really like to keep it centralized. There is an interesting article about remote service starting http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=252340, but I'm puzzled about monitoring.

Has anyone had any experience in this area, and if yes, could you recommend me in wich direction I should better start looking for?


1) Google/Wikipedia: SNMP
2) You don't want to use Windows machines for something like this ;-)


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OK, I googled for sc.exe a little more and it seems to be a way to go, unforunately response from it goes to console in textual form, there will be a lot of work to dance around that...

Quick idea is to redirect output to file, and read back...

EDIT: O, and yep... the problem is I allready have windows machines + servers and so I don't have the luxury to controll the OS anymore...

EDIT2: I think I found the answer http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/dllproc/base/using_services.asp

[Edited by - _Madman_ on May 23, 2006 9:13:45 AM]

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