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Managing Servers / Services on a Windows machine

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Services on a Windows Machine

Any Windows machine always has many services running. On my not-very-fancy system, Task Manager says I have 240 available, with about 120 of them currently running.

In addition to the ones that are part of Windows, you have probably already installed some servers on your machine without even realizing it. (Services come from servers.)

But if you undertake the sort of things proposed on pages (the MySQL database server, in any case) connected to this page, you will enter the world of knowingly installing servers, and managing them.

Many of you, I suspect, will not be using your MySQL server frequently. So why have the overheads of loading it, each time your machine boots? The (probably very slight) "cost" in terms of memory and processing cycles used?

You don't need to hsve your MySQL server running all the time!

Even if you've have no interest in the MySQL server, I hope this page will be of general interest and use. What I say using the MySQL server as an example as much wider application.

Tame your services



Before I give you the tool, a warning. Don't go messing with services unless you know where it came from, what it is for, all that it relates to.

The basic tool is "Services.msc"....

Services.msc window

We'll come to getting into Services.msc in a moment.

The "Stop/ Pause/ Restart" you can see in the graphic above are specific to the currently selected service. If it were currently stopped, you'd be given "Start" as your option. whnen you change a service's status, you get notificatons from windows... don't be alarmed when that happens.

What you see in the graphic is what I could see on my machine just after installing the service. Notice what it says in the "Startup Type" column: "Automatic". I don't want that. I had to right-click on the word "automatic", and choose "Properties from the pop-up menu. After that, it was easy to change the startup type to "Manual".

I haven't forgotten that I need to tell you how to get into Services.msc

Task Manager...

You know Task Manager? A great tool for Messing Things Up. Do not use it recklessly. But it has its place.

Launch Task Manager. Here's how, if you need it...

Don't be alarmed!Your machine will look like something "bad" is happening when you...

Hold down the ctrl and alt keys. Press the del key briefly, and release it. Count "1, 2", THEN release the other keys. (You'd be surprised how easy, until you get used to it, it is to release them too soon. They must still be dwn when you relase the delete key. People are sometimes convinced they have held them down that long, when they haven't.)

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The screen should go mostly blue, with just a few choices in a column. The last is "Task Manager", and you click on that.

Back to Task Manager.

Once you are "in" Task Manager, you need to select the "Services" tab. Scroll down the list of services, and if you have a MySQL server on the system, whether running or not, you should see...

Task manager window

Right-click on the given "Status", and you will be offered whatever is appropriate from "Start, Stop or Restart".

You will also be offered "Open Services", "Open" being used as a verb, not as an adjective, here.

That is an easily accessed way to start "Services.msc". (Of course, clicking the "Open Services" button in the lower left of the Task Manager window would be even easier, if you'd spotted it! (^_^)

An alternative route into Services.msc

The wretched people at Microsoft continue to make things ever more complex and obsure. It is almost impossible to see the extension, the .msc thing, on the name of Services.msc

Here's another way to launch it...

Use the general "search" that is, unless it's been turned off, next to the "Windows/ Start" button... whatever THAT's called... which is normally at the screen's lower left.

Start to enter Services.msc. The further you go... unless you make a tiny mistake... the fewer choices you will have. You want the "Services" app, and, 5/20 (until "they" change THAT) is two gear wheels, one large, one small.

If when you click on what you hope is Services.msc, you should get the window show earlier. While it is there in the search results, if you right-click on it, you can add a link to your task-bar and/or your "start" (menu). (When did "start" begin to mean a start menu?)

That pretty well covers the day to day mangagment of servers / services?

I hope that leaves you feeling empowered? Let me know what worries, questions remain?

Related pages....

Broad overview, client/ server work.

General note on "What is a database server?"

Setting up a MySQL server.

Using a MySQL server with LibreOffice / OpenOffice... once you have a MySQL server in place on your system.

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