Proper Handling of Services Account Dependencies

Service Account Manager

Proper Handling of Services Account Dependencies

Windows Services are often dependent on each other. As a result, every Windows computer has a complex web of services dependencies. Accounting for these dependencies during a Service restart is essential to ensure that the Windows host and all the Services are fully functioning after the process.

Service Account Manager utilizes a proprietary algorithm to map dependency relationships. It then implements a staged start / stop list that manages even the most complex dependency scenarios. When an IT administrator requests a specific service stop, SAM performs the following steps:

  • Prepares an initial list of all dependencies for the Service being stopped,
  • Assesses the list and expands it to include additional dependent services,
  • Stops all entries of the list in reverse (top down) order, and
  • Retains a new linear dependency list in the order of the Services that were stopped.

When the Service is re-started, all of the stopped Services are then re-started, in the reverse order of how they were stopped. This ensures that your Service account changes are applied safely, without the potential to trigger cascading Services failures.

Service Configuration OptionsService Account Manager allows managing of service dependencies, and calculates the proper restart order when performing service restarts


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