Microsoft KB Archive/247557

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Article ID: 247557

Article Last Modified on 8/8/2007


  • Microsoft Internet Information Services 5.0

This article was previously published under Q247557


Microsoft Windows Scripting Host (WSH) and Active Directory Services Interface (ADSI) in Windows 2000 Server offer administrators new functionality through scripting that was not possible previously. This article illustrates how these two technologies can be used together to administer Internet Information Services (IIS) 5.0.


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Restarting Windows 2000 Services Using ADSI

The following WSH code illustrates a generic example of how to use ADSI to start a service when it is stopped.

  1. Save the following code as "Startsvc.vbs" in the root of your C: drive:

    ' define a constant for stopped services
    ' get an ADSI object for a computer
    Set objComputer = GetObject("WinNT://MYCOMPUTER,computer")
    ' get an object for a service
    Set objService  = objComputer.GetObject("Service","MYSERVICE")
    ' check to see if the service is stopped
    If (objService.Status = ADS_SERVICE_STOPPED) Then
      ' if the service is stopped, then start it
    End If
  2. Run the code by using the following command:



  • You must replace MYCOMPUTER and MYSERVICE with a valid computer and service name for the previous script to work. Use the short version of the service name (for example, for the World Wide Web Publishing Service, use W3SVC).
  • CScript.exe is located in the %SystemRoot%\system32 directory, but should be in the PATH.

Restarting IIS Using ADSI

The following WSH code is a more elaborate example of WSH and ADSI working together to restart all of the IIS services.

  1. Save the following code as "Restsvc.vbs" in the root of your C: drive:

    Option Explicit
    ' define ADSI status constants
    Const ADS_SERVICE_STOPPED          = 1
    Const ADS_SERVICE_RUNNING          = 4
    Const ADS_SERVICE_PAUSED           = 7
    Const ADS_SERVICE_ERROR            = 8
    ' define string constants for service methods
    Const START_SERVICE    = "START"
    Const STOP_SERVICE     = "STOP"
    Const PAUSE_SERVICE    = "PAUSE"
    ' declare global variables
    Dim objWsh
    Dim objEnv
    Dim strComputerName
    ' get the environment variable with the computer name
    Set objWsh = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
    Set objEnv = objWsh.Environment("PROCESS")
    strComputerName = objEnv("COMPUTERNAME")
    ' call CycleService() to stop all the services
    CycleService strComputerName,"MSFTPSVC",STOP_SERVICE,True
    CycleService strComputerName,"SMTPSVC" ,STOP_SERVICE,True
    CycleService strComputerName,"NNTPSVC" ,STOP_SERVICE,True
    CycleService strComputerName,"W3SVC"   ,STOP_SERVICE,True
    CycleService strComputerName,"IISADMIN",STOP_SERVICE,True
    ' call CycleService() to start all the services
    CycleService strComputerName,"IISADMIN",START_SERVICE,True
    CycleService strComputerName,"W3SVC"   ,START_SERVICE,True
    CycleService strComputerName,"NNTPSVC" ,START_SERVICE,True
    CycleService strComputerName,"SMTPSVC" ,START_SERVICE,True
    CycleService strComputerName,"MSFTPSVC",START_SERVICE,True
    ' ****************************************
    ' CycleService() subroutine
    ' this subroutine is passed four variables:
    '   1. strComputer  = the name of the computer
    '   2. strService   = the name of the service (e.g. w3svc, smtpsvc, etc.)
    '   3. strOperation = the operation to be completed (e.g. start, stop)
    '   4. boolTrace    = True will output trace information, False will not
    ' ****************************************
    Sub CycleService(strComputer,strService,strOperation,boolTrace)
      On Error Resume Next
      ' declare variables
      Dim objComputer
      Dim objService
      Dim strTrace
      Dim boolSuccess
      ' get ADSI objects and initial variables
      Set objComputer = GetObject("WinNT://" & strComputer & ",computer")
      Set objService  = objComputer.GetObject("Service",strService)
      strTrace = strOperation & " " & strService & " on " & strComputer
      boolSuccess = False
      ' output trace information if needed
      If boolTrace Then Trace "Attempting to " & strTrace & "..."
      ' determine the operation and carry it out
      Select Case (strOperation)
        Case START_SERVICE      
          If (objService.Status = ADS_SERVICE_STOPPED) Then
            If Err.Number<>0 Then ErrorHandler strTrace
            While objService.Status <> ADS_SERVICE_RUNNING: Wend
            boolSuccess = True
          End If
        Case STOP_SERVICE
          If (objService.Status = ADS_SERVICE_RUNNING) Or (objService.Status = ADS_SERVICE_PAUSED) Then
            If Err.Number<>0 Then ErrorHandler strTrace
            While objService.Status <> ADS_SERVICE_STOPPED: Wend
            boolSuccess = True
          End If
        Case PAUSE_SERVICE
          If (objService.Status = ADS_SERVICE_RUNNING) Then
            If Err.Number<>0 Then ErrorHandler strTrace
            While objService.Status <> ADS_SERVICE_PAUSED: Wend
            boolSuccess = True
          End If
          If (objService.Status = ADS_SERVICE_PAUSED) Then
            If Err.Number<>0 Then ErrorHandler strTrace
            While objService.Status <> ADS_SERVICE_RUNNING: Wend
            boolSuccess = True
          End If
      End Select
      ' output trace information if needed
      If boolTrace And boolSuccess Then Trace strTrace & " was successful."
    End Sub
    ' ****************************************
    ' Trace() subroutine
    ' outputs time and trace information
    ' ****************************************
    Sub Trace(strText)
      WScript.Echo Now & " : " & strText
    End Sub
    ' ****************************************
    ' ErrorHandler() subroutine
    ' outputs error status and exits
    ' ****************************************
    Sub ErrorHandler(strText)
      Dim strError
      strError = Now & " : The following error occurred trying to " & strText & vbCrLf
      strError = strError & vbCrLf & "0x" & Hex(Err.Number) & " - " & Err.Description
      WScript.Echo strError
    End Sub
  2. Run the code with the following command:


    When you use the CycleService function, only stop the services that are installed on the computer. You will receive an "object required" error message when you try to stop or start a service that is not installed on the computer.
  3. Stop the services first that depend on the service you are trying to stop. For example, you must stop W3SVC, MSFTPSVC and SMTPSVC first before you stop IISADMIN.
  4. When you execute the code, the output should be similar to the following:

    12/31/1999 12:00:00 PM : Attempting to STOP MSFTPSVC on MYCOMPUTER...
    12/31/1999 12:00:00 PM : STOP MSFTPSVC on MYCOMPUTER was successful.
    12/31/1999 12:00:00 PM : Attempting to STOP SMTPSVC on MYCOMPUTER...
    12/31/1999 12:00:01 PM : STOP SMTPSVC on MYCOMPUTER was successful.
    12/31/1999 12:00:01 PM : Attempting to STOP W3SVC on MYCOMPUTER...
    12/31/1999 12:00:02 PM : STOP W3SVC on MYCOMPUTER was successful.

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