Service Account Manager (SAM) lets you access, modify and report on Windows service properties concurrently on all systems in the network, and quickly update your service account credentials.
Service Account Manager provides the following benefits:
Update Service Properties and Security Settings
Do you need to modify the properties of a Windows Service definition across a thousand desktops? Are there unnecessary Services running on your Windows desktops or servers, but you don’t have the time to visit all of them and update the start-up settings? Do you have a few Services with memory leaks that need to be restarted on a regular basis? Service Account Manager makes it quick, easy and reliable to manage Windows Services across tens, hundreds or thousands of hosts from a single console.
Manage Service Account Credentials
When was the last time you rotated the passwords on your Windows Services? Frequently changing the passwords on your Service accounts is an important part of securing your environment and achieving regulatory compliance. Service Account Manager automates the Service account credential update process, reducing the change time to seconds per machine. Off-line systems are queued for automatic retry. Service Account Manager also provides automated Windows Services restarts and scheduled reboots when the credentials are updated.
Proper Handling of Service Account Dependencies
Windows Services are often dependent on each other. Accounting for these dependencies during a Service restart is essential to ensure that the Windows host and all the Services are fully functioning after the process. Service Account Manager utilizes a proprietary algorithm to map dependency relationships. It then implements a staged start / stop list that manages even the most complex dependency scenarios. When the Service is re-started, all of the stopped Services are re-started in the reverse order of how they were stopped. This ensures that your Windows Service account changes are applied safely, without triggering cascading Service failures.
Clustered Services Support
Windows Services can be configured as part of a Clustered Services definition in order to provide failover protection. Changing the credentials or restarting a Service that is part of a Clustered Service can have unintended consequences, such as data corruption of failover actions. Service Account Manager integrates with the Clustered Services management layer to recognize and properly handle modifications and updates to Services defined as part of a cluster.
Remotely Create, Update and Remove Services
Has a vendor sent you an updated Services executable that needs to be installed across a large number of machines? Do you have an internally developed application that requires installed Services, but doesn’t have an install package? Do you have obsolete Services on Windows hosts in your environment, but no time to clean them up? Service Account Manager can modify, create or remove these Services. When creating new Services, a template can be defined for all the Service properties implemented across all systems in the job.