The best thing about Windows users society is that you can find almost any kind of software containing features not available in out of the box Windows experience. For instance, some days ago we covered Windows Service Monitor, an open source utility that lets you monitor, start and stop user-specified services directly from the system tray without having to open the Windows Task Manager or Service Control Manager. This makes it a tad bit easier to control or halt the behavior of those services with out going through a few additional clicks. Today, we have another tool, ServiceCommander, that allows you to Start, Stop, Pause, Resume or Restart selected services on any computer on your network from the system tray. What sets ServiceCommander apart from the formerly-reviewed tool, is its ability to control and manipulate services on networked PCs, a highly useful feature for many system/network administrators. The program lets you easily add services to the monitoring list, and displays the control functions of each service in the system tray. It also enables you to start, stop or restart all added services at once, as well as direct access to the default Windows applications of Service, Event Viewer and Task Manager.
The application has Services and Options tab at the top, service list appears in the middle, while buttons to Add, Remove, Move Up, Move Down and Remove All appear on the right side. To add services in ServiceCommander, click Add button to access the Add Services window.
In the Add Services window, first choose the computer from which you choose to add services. Then, select the services you would like to add and click OK.
The Options tab lets you configure ServiceCommander startup behavior, Actions available in the Menu (Start, Stop, Restart, Pause, Resume) and Menu Entries (Configure, All Services, Tools).
In the system tray icon, the running services will be denoted by a green dot before their name. The services can be controlled by right-clicking the application’s icon, selecting the application and choosing the desired action.
Whenever a services is started, stopped, paused, resumed or restarted, a system tray notification popup informs the user regarding the success or failure of the desired action.
ServiceCommander lets you access the Service Control Manager, Event Viewer and Windows Task Manager directly from the application.
ServiceCommander is an excellent utility that works on Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. Both 32-bit and 64-bit OS editions are supported.