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How can I start and stop Windows 2008 services without administrator privileges?

I want to give a non-admininstrator user rights to start and stop Windows services.

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There are two different scenarios that could be interpreted from your post:

  • A person who does not have administrator access wants to start services

In this scenario, it is not possible to start a service if the non-administrator user does not have the proper privileges. If you don't have privilege, you can't circumvent the permissions without some kind of crack that breaks the security model of Windows.

  • A person who does have administrator access wants to confer the ability to start services to a non-administrator

In this scenario, the administrator can confer the ability to start services to a non-administrator, so this is possible.

From StackOverflow:

Two ways:

1.Edit the properties of the service and set the Log On user. The appropriate right will be automatically assigned.

2.Set it manually: Go to Administrative Tools -> Local Security Policy -> Local Policies -> User Rights Assignment. Edit the item "Log on as a service" and add your domain user there.

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Similar as for files also services do have an Access Control List (ACL) that specifies who is allowed to start/stop a service. The problem is that Microsoft never implemented a GUI nor command-line tool for modifying these ACLs.

There is a third party freeware tool called SCAcl that allows to modify service ACLs and as you require allow certain non-administrative users or groups to start and/or stop a service.


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