Getting Started

Managing ServiceControl via PowerShell

ServiceControl PowerShell

Before the graphical management utility existed to set up ServiceControl, PowerShell actions were used to add, remove, update and delete instances of ServiceControl.


The ServiceControlMgmt PowerShell module is called ServiceControlMgmt and is compatible with PowerShell 5. Versions of PowerShell later than 5 (including PowerShell Core) are not supported and might not work as expected.

In order to run PowerShell cmdlets, the PowerShell execution policy needs to be set to Unrestricted or a bypass needs to be granted to the module file. Refer to the PowerShell documentation on how to change the execution policy.

Loading and running the PowerShell module

The majority of the cmdlets will only work if the PowerShell session is running with administrator privileges. The ServiceControl installer creates a shortcut in the Windows start menu to launch an administrative PowerShell Session with the module automatically loaded. Alternatively, the module can be loaded directly into an an existing PowerShell session by loading ServiceControlMgmt.psd1 using the Import-Module cmdlet as show below:

Import-Module "C:\Program Files (x86)\Particular Software\ServiceControl Management\ServiceControlMgmt\ServiceControlMgmt.psd1"

Powershell Commands

For a complete overview of all cmdlets, visit the Managing ServiceControl via PowerShell page.

Troubleshooting via PowerShell

The ServiceControl Management PowerShell module offers some cmdlets to assist with troubleshooting the installation of ServiceControl instances.

Check if a port is already in use

Before adding an instance of ServiceControl test if the port to use is currently in use.

Test-IfPortIsAvailable -Port 33333

This example shows the available ports out of a range of ports

33330..33339 | Test-IfPortIsAvailable | ? Available

Checking and manipulating UrlAcls

The Window HTTPServer API is used by underlying components in ServiceControl. This API uses a permissions system to limit what accounts can add a HTTP listener to a specific URI. The standard mechanism for viewing and manipulating these ports is with the netsh.exe command line tool.

For example netsh.exe http show urlacl will list all of the available UrlAcls. This output is detailed but not easy to query. The ServiceControl Management PowerShell provides simplified PowerShell equivalents for listing, adding, and removing UrlAcls and makes the output easier to query.

For example the following command lists all of the UrlAcls assigned to any URI for port 33333.

Get-UrlAcls | ? Port -eq 33333

In this example any UrlAcl on port 33335 is remove

Get-UrlAcls | ? Port -eq 33335 | Remove-UrlAcl

The following example shows how to add a UrlAcl for a ServiceControl service that should only respond to a specific DNS name. This would require an update of the ServiceControl configuration file as well. Refer to setting a custom host name and port number

Add-UrlAcl -Url -Users Users

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