Check manual page of services

Windows Services

Distribution Official part of Checkmk
License GPLv2
Supported Agents Windows
Checks the current state of a Windows service. Each service is either running or stopped or in a transitional state like starting or stopping. This check becomes critical if the service in question is not in the state running. It is getting UNKNOWN if the service is missing on the system at all.

If you have just a small number of Windows hosts to monitor, manual check configuration with checks += will probably do. With a larger number of hosts we propose using inventory_services_rules. This allows auto-detection of services according to their names, current states and start types. The auto-detection can also make use of host tags in order to use different rules on different sets of hosts (for example for monitoring certain services only on production servers). Inventory and manual checks can be used in parallel.


The name of the service as string. Please note, that the agent replaces spaces in the service names with underscores. If you are unsure about the correct spelling of the name then please look at the output of the agent (cmk -d HOSTNAME). The service names are in the first column of the section {<<>>}. Please do not mix up the service names with the display names of the services. Those are just being displayed as a further information.


The inventory function of this check helps you to auto-detect the services that should be monitored on your hosts. Because Checkmk cannot know, which services are important for you, you have to configure some rules. The option {inventory_services_rules} holds a list of rules where each rule contains one entry matching a list of service matching strings (regexes) state/start mode.