Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Where can I download a description of system services of Windows Server 2008? I need a document like this => but for Windows Server 2008.

share|improve this question

Are you looking for Service overview and network port requirements for the Windows Server system (KB832017).

Also, Windows Security article, Controlling Service Security Using Windows Server 2008.

share|improve this answer
I have seen this article, but I need a document like this =>… but for Windows Server 2008. – zhynna Jun 15 '09 at 11:22
Maybe you should check this book – nik Jun 15 '09 at 11:40
After looking at the server 2003 document reference i think KB832017 ( would be a good starting point. It has a lot of references and a downloadable XLS that lists the services. – nik Jun 15 '09 at 11:51
nik, thanks for the advice. – zhynna Jun 15 '09 at 11:57

I'm not sure what exactly you are looking for, but I guess a good starting point is Microsoft's Windows Server 2008 product information page, particularly the White Papers section and features page.

The following link, for example, leads to a 160 pages longword document: "Windows Server 2008 Technical Overview (full document)".

For more technical content, there is the Windows Server 2008 section on TechNet.

share|improve this answer
I need a document like this =>… but for Windows Server 2008. – zhynna Jun 15 '09 at 10:49
it's looking like there might not be one published Zhynna. Now I come to think about it, that's not very helful and a rather curious error on Microsoft's part? – RobM Jun 15 '09 at 11:32
My friend who works at Microsoft said that there is such document inside of Microsoft. He even promised to send me it, but he did not do this yet :-( – zhynna Jun 15 '09 at 11:51
I contacted MS support. Let's see how good they are. :-) – splattne Jun 15 '09 at 11:59
Good! See if they can help. – zhynna Jun 15 '09 at 12:07

There is a VB Script at this techtasks site that should help enumerate the available services.

' This code prints the list of services on a machine
' ---------------------------------------------------------------
' From the book "Windows Server Cookbook" by Robbie Allen
' ISBN: 0-596-00633-0
' ---------------------------------------------------------------

strComputer = "<ServerName>"  ' e.g. fs-rtp01 (use . for local server)
boolShowDetails = TRUE        ' set to FALSE to display list w/o details
' ------ END CONFIGURATION ---------
set objWMI = GetObject("winmgmts:\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
set objServices = objWMI.InstancesOf("Win32_Service")

for each objService in objServices
   WScript.Echo objService.Name
   if boolShowDetails = TRUE then
      for each objProp in objService.Properties_
         ' Print out NULL if the property is blank
         if IsNull(objProp.Value) then
            Wscript.Echo " " & objProp.Name & " : NULL"
         ' If the value is an array, we need to iterate through each element
         ' of the array
            if objProp.IsArray = TRUE then
               For I = LBound(objProp.Value) to UBound(objProp.Value)
                  wscript.echo " " & objProp.Name & " : " & objProp.Value(I)
           ' If the property was  not NULL or an array, we print it
                wscript.echo " " & objProp.Name & " : " & objProp.Value
            end if
         end if
      WScript.Echo ""
   end if
share|improve this answer
Thanks for this script, but I need a document like this =>… but for Windows Server 2008. – zhynna Jun 15 '09 at 11:23

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.