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Change Service State activity

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Change Service State activity

The Change Service State activity starts or stops a Windows service on a remote system.

This activity replaces a Powershell activity by the same name available in releases prior to Istanbul. If you have a workflow created in a previous version that uses the deprecated activity, your workflow will continue to work normally after upgrading to Istanbul. However, all new workflows must use the custom version of this activity. This activity was built with the Powershell activity template, which gives workflow administrators the ability to store input and output variables in the databus.

Input Variables

Table 1. Change Service State input variables
Variable Description
hostname Hostname or IP address of the target Windows machine on which the service is installed. Use the Resolve DNS activity to resolve hostnames into IP addresses.
service Name of the Windows service to start or stop. The service parameter is the service name, not the display name of the service affected.
state There are two actions to select for a service state change: StartService or StopService.

Output variables

Table 2. Change Service State output variables
Variable Description
errorMessage The executionResult.errorMessages from the Activity designer parsing sources. If there is no error, this value is null.


Table 3. Change Service State conditions
Condition Description
Success The target service was successfully started or stopped.
Failure The update to the target service was unsuccessful, or the service was not found on the target system.