Retrieve The Status of a Windows Service

Here is an easy way to get the status of a Windows service.

''' <summary>
''' Gets the status of a Windows service.
''' </summary>
''' <param name="serviceName">Name of the service.</param>
''' <returns>ServiceControllerStatus.</returns>
''' <exception cref="InvalidOperationException">Service not 
               found.</exception>
''' <exception cref="System.InvalidOperationException">Service 
               not found.</exception>
Public Function ServiceStatus(serviceName As StringAs ServiceControllerStatus
    Dim service As ServiceController = LoadService(serviceName)
 
    If service IsNot Nothing Then
        Return service.Status
    Else
        Throw New InvalidOperationException("Service not 
                                             found.")
    End If
End Function
''' <summary>
''' Loads the service.
''' </summary>
''' <param name="serviceName">Name of the service.</param>
''' <returns>ServiceController.</returns>
Private Function LoadService(serviceName As StringAs 
                   ServiceController
    Return ServiceController.GetServices().Where(Function(p) 
           p.ServiceName = serviceName).FirstOrDefault()
End Function

Here are the values for service status:

  • ContinuePending
  • Paused
  • PausePending
  • Running
  • StartPending
  • Stopped
  • StopPending

This and lost  more code can be found in the dotNetTips.Utility open source project.

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