The Understand Windows Services module provides you with the instruction and server hardware to develop your hands on skills. This module includes the following exercises:

  • Understand Service Start-up types
  • Understand Service Accounts

Exercise 1 - Understand Service Start-up Types

A Windows service is an application or a program that operates in the background while a Windows server or workstation is running. Services are like daemons in Linux/Unix that provides functionality or features to a Windows computer. Common services like File and Print provide file storage and shared printing service to single user or to employees in a corporate network. On a typical Windows computer, not all services are in a Started mode because some of them aren’t needed and to conserve system resources. Services can be added by enabling a Windows feature using Server Manager on a Windows Server computer or by using Control Panel - Programs on a Windows workstation.

Exercise 2 - Understand Service Accounts

There are specific network services that require a user account to be created. This user account also known as service account logs in the Windows background to start a service. One such example is SQL Server which is a relational database management system for working with large databases. SQL Server database engine is initialized by the service account logon.

Document collaboration services like SharePoint Server requires that a dedicated user account must be in place to start the services. In most cases, the service accounts have specific rights and use a complex non-expiring passwords to avoid password expiration issues. The service account is considered a separate entity and does not possess complete administrative privileges on the computer or in the Windows Active Directory domain.

In this exercise, you will download and install SQL Server Express 2012 in PLABWIN810.

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