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I have accidentally stopped the central administration service on a share point server and can't find a way to re-activate it? Is there any way to do this from one of the SP command line utilities?

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That would depend on how it was stopped. If it is simply the web site itself that has stopped, then you can open Administrative Tools -> IIS Manager, browse to the Sites -> Central Admin Web site, right click and pick Start. If it doesn't start this way, look in your event logs and see if there is anything there, like a permissions or security error.

If it is stopped some other way or if you accidentally deleted the site then that will take additional steps to recover.

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Yeah - Unfortunetly I believe the site got deleted somehow (kinda confused on how though) - I stoped the service via the Central Admin (clicked the wrong link on the 'Manage Services on this Server' page) but when I tried to start the website via IIS Manager it gave an error and then disappeared from the list of sites. –  carnold Jul 22 '11 at 14:31
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This link might help. Step 2 explains the reprovisioning of the Central Admin web site: bytelab.blogspot.com/2008/02/…. As always, make sure your farm backups are good before doing this, just in case... –  Dave Wise Jul 22 '11 at 15:39

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