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Script dumpster: Get-AutoStartService

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The Problem

A frequent issue on servers is when services that are supposed to start simply haven’t started.

There’s a simple one-liner that can show you the services that meet these requirements for you:

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Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_Service -Filter "Startmode = 'Auto' AND State = 'Stopped' AND ExitCode != 0"

Want to directly start up these services? Not a problem!

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Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_Service -Filter "Startmode = 'Auto' AND State = 'Stopped' AND ExitCode != 0" | Start-Service

The Function

I prefer to make my solutions re-usable because well.. I’m lazy.

In case you have the same feeling, here’s the function I’ve created for this with some added functionality.

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function Get-AutoStartService {
   <#
            .SYNOPSIS
                Display all the services which should start automatically, but have incorrectly stopped

            .DESCRIPTION
                Using WMI display all the services on a computer which have a StartMode of Auto, but are currently Stopped with an error code


            .PARAMETER ComputerName
                Provide the computer name of the machine[s] you would like to query.
                Default value is the local machine

            .PARAMETER Restart
                A switch parameter, if included will try and automatically restart the services which are incorrectly stopped
                Do note that this requires Admin privileges on the machine you are accessing

            .NOTES
                Name: Get-AutoStartService.ps1
                author: "robert" Prüst
                DateCreated: 02-07-2015

            .EXAMPLE
                Get-AutoStartService -ComputerName localhost -Restart
    #>
    [CmdletBinding()]
    Param (
        [Parameter(ValueFromPipeline=$True)]
        $ComputerName = $env:COMPUTERNAME ,
        [switch]$Restart
    )

    $StoppedServices = Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_Service -ComputerName $ComputerName -Filter "StartMode = 'Auto' AND State = 'Stopped' AND ExitCode != 0"
    Write-Output $StoppedServices
    if (!$StoppedServices) {
        Write-Output 'All services seem to be running as intended'
        }

    if ($Restart){
        foreach ($StoppedService in $StoppedServices){
            Write-Verbose "Starting Service $($StoppedService.Name)"
            $StoppedService | Start-Service
            Write-Output "Service $($StoppedService.Name) has been started again. Please re-run the Get-AutoStartService to see if it remains running"
            Get-Service $($StoppedService.Name)
            }
        }
}

If you have any questions about the function, pieces of code used or perhaps tips [if you have any, please do share!!], let me know and leave a comment.

Happy scripting! 🙂