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How can I give an account permission to start or stop a particular Windows Service using SC.exe?

What I'm trying to do is from one machine A call these operations from another machine B:

net.exe use \\B /delete
net.exe use \\B /user:B\<username> <password>
sc.exe \\B stop <service name>

The issue is that the first two operations pass but the third one fails.

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You have to give your user the permission to stop the service either explicitly or via the membership of a sufficiently privileged group. This can be done by first changing a security template using the Security Templates MMC snapin and subsequently applying it to your system either locally or via group policy. This works at least on from Windows XP.

  • The pre-built Security Template MMC is secpol.msc. – Nathan Hartley Aug 16 '12 at 16:44
  • Linked pages "locally" and "via group policy" no longer work. – CJBS May 18 '18 at 17:13

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