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Quick Tip: Discovering service start accounts

Posted by: | June 28, 2011 | 2 Comments |

Do you know which accounts are used to start the services running on your machines? if you need this information try:

Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_Service | select Name, DisplayName, StartName

For a remote machine this becomes

Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_Service -ComputerName Win7 | select Name, DisplayName, StartName

And for testing which services are started by a specific account use:

Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_Service -ComputerName Win7 | where {$_.StartName -eq ‘NT Authority\LocalService’} | select Name, DisplayName, StartName

I wanted to use a WMI filter instead of Where-Object but it didnā€™t want to work

under: PowerShell and WMI, PowerShell Basics


  1. By: Chad Miller on June 28, 2011 at 7:33 pm      

    Try adding double slash in the filter.

    Get-WmiObject -Class Win32_Service -Filter {Startname = ‘NT Authority\\LocalService’}

    It probably needed to be escaped.

  2. By: RichardSiddaway on June 29, 2011 at 12:46 pm      


    Thanks for reminding me.

    Thats what happens when you write a post late in the evening šŸ™‚