Script to check if a windows service is running, and email a user if it is not

This script will check if a specified windows service is running, and if not, it will email a user.

This script uses the Microsoft CDO service. You will need to ensure you have permissions to relay through the SMTP server you have specified in the variables.

'check service.vbs
' Checks if a service is running and emails user if it is not
' Put this script in as a windows scheduled task
' Create and modify a copy of this file for each service you wish to monitor.
' You must change the variables below to your own values
' Written by Alan Byrne - 20/02/2007

dim objShell, objNet
dim strToEmailAddress, strFromEmailAddress, strServiceNameToCheck
dim strSMTPServer, strSMTPServerPort
dim strComputerName

Set objNet = CreateObject("WScript.NetWork")

' **** Set Variables here *****
strToEmailAddress = ""
strFromEmailAddress = "administrator@domain"
strServiceNameToCheck = "TermService"
strSMTPServer = ""
strSMTPServerPort = "25"

set objShell = CreateObject("Shell.Application")

If objShell.IsServiceRunning(strServiceNameToCheck) = false then
Set objMessage = CreateObject("CDO.Message")

'Send Message
objMessage.Subject = "Service Failed: " & strServiceNameToCheck
objMessage.From = "Service Failure Notice "
objMessage.To = strToEmailAddress
objMessage.TextBody = "The service '" & strServiceNameToCheck & "' failed on " & objNet.ComputerName & vbcrlf & "Time: " & Now
objMessage.Configuration.Fields.Item _
("") = 2
objMessage.Configuration.Fields.Item _
("") = strSMTPServer
objMessage.Configuration.Fields.Item _
("") = strSMTPServerPort
End if

set objShell = nothing
set objNet = Nothing

7 Responses to “Script to check if a windows service is running, and email a user if it is not”

  1. Jon Gerdes says:

    Great script!

    Note that this website has “sanitised” this script. It has turned instances of into amp, so make sure you change them back otherwise you will get an error.

    To get a list of services, run “sc query” in a command shell and use the SERVICE_NAME:


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  3. Christy says:

    Still useful after all these years.

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  7. vik says:


    Try this: sc query > services.xls

    Yes, you can change the filename (and extention too) as per the requirment.(dinesh.txt, vik.doc etc)

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