Network Administration: Net Pause and Continue Commands

Network administrators get to know the Net Pause and Net Continue commands pretty well. Net Pause and Net Command temporarily manage Windows Server 2008 service velocity. The Net Pause command pauses a service which can be reactivated by the Net Continue command.

The Net Pause command

This command temporarily pauses a service. It’s a good idea to pause a service for a while before you stop the service altogether. That gives users who are currently using the service a chance to finish up any pending tasks, while at the same time preventing other users from beginning new sessions with the service.

The syntax to pause a service is:

net pause service

Here are some typical services you can pause:

  • Netlogon: The Net Logon service.

  • Schedule: The Task Scheduler service.

  • Server: The Server service.

  • Workstation: The Workstation service.

Here’s an example that pauses the Workstation service:

CL>net pause workstation

If the service name has embedded spaces, enclose the service name in quotation marks. For example, this command pauses the NT LM Security Support Provider service:

C:>net pause "nt lm security support provider"

The Net Continue command

This command continues a service you’ve suspended with the Net Pause command. Here’s the syntax:

net continue service

Here are some typical services that you can pause and continue.

  • Netlogon: The Net Logon service.

  • Schedule: The Task Scheduler service.

  • Server: The Server service.

  • Workstation: The Workstation service.

Here’s an example that continues the Workstation service:

C:>net continue workstation

If the service name has embedded spaces, enclose the service name in quotation marks. For example, this command continues the NT LM Security Support Provider service:

C:>net continue "nt lm security support provider"