Network Administration: Working with Services

When troubleshooting Windows Server 2008 issues you need to be familiar with the Services console. The services console is accessed by choosing Start→Administrative Tools→Services. As illustrated in the following figure shows, the Services console displays a list of all the services that are currently running on your system.


If a Windows server feature isn’t working properly, the problem is often that something has caused one of the services associated with the feature to stop. You can often correct the problem by calling up the Services console and restarting the service. To do that, just select the service and then click the Start the Service link.

Of course, this action doesn’t correct the underlying cause of the problem. If the service stopped because of a one-time error, simply restarting the service may be all that you need to do. In many cases, though, the problem that caused the service to start will resurface and cause the service to stop again.

So, if you fix a problem by restarting a service, you must keep an eye out for the problem’s resurgence. Usually, if the problem doesn’t recur within a few days, you can safely assume that you encountered a one-time glitch and fixed it by restarting the service. But if the problem happens again, you’ll need to investigate more to get to the bottom of the problem.