Check the configuration via ServiceControl Management

Open ServiceControl Management and review the instance configuration. The user interface presents basic installation information for each instance of the ServiceControl service installed. To review the application configuration file for a specific instance click the installation path and then locate ServiceControl.exe.config from the Explorer window.

Service stops unexpectedly

The ServiceControl Windows Services are configured for automatic restart via Windows Service recoverability policy. The services are restarted after 1 minute of the unplanned shutdown.

Service fails to start

There are various reasons that can cause the ServiceControl Windows Service fail to start. If a critical exception is thrown at service start up this is reported via an error message in the Application Windows Event Log. Additional information may also be present in the ServiceControl logs.

The port is already in use

When adding a ServiceControl instance the configured port number is checked to ensure it is available. This is not infallible though as another application or service that uses the same port may not be running at the time the service is added.

In the event that the service fails to start to check if the configured port (typically port 33333) is available. To do this open up an elevated command prompt and issue the following command:

netstat -a -b

or use the provided ServiceControl Management PowerShell cmdlet to check a specific port:

Test-IfPortIsAvailable -Port 33333

Missing queue

The service expects to be able to connect to the error, audit and forwarding queues specified in the configuration. If the configuration has been manually changed ensure the specified queues exist.

Cannot connect to the queues

Some transports have access controls built into them. Ensure the service account specified has sufficient rights to access the queues.

Service won't start after changing service accounts

  1. The service account has access read rights to the directory the service is installed
  2. The service account has access read/write rights to the database and logs directories specified in the configuration.
  3. The service account has the logon as a service privilege.
  4. Ensure that a URLACL exists for the service (see next point for further info on listing URLACLs
  5. Ensure the group or account specified in the URLACL covers the service account.
  6. Confirm that the service account has sufficient writes to manage the configured queues. See Configuring a Non-Privileged Service Account for a breakdown of the queues to check.
To examine the configured URLACLs use either the PowerShell prompt and issue Get-UrlAcls or to examine the ACLS from a command prompt using the command line netsh http show urlacl.

Service fails to start: EsentInstanceUnavailableException

If ServiceControl fails to start and the logs contain a Microsoft.Isam.Esent.Interop.EsentInstanceUnavailableException ensure that ServiceControl database directory, sub-directory and files, is excluded from any anti-virus and anti-malware real-time and scheduled scan.

Service fails to start: EsentDatabaseDirtyShutdownException

If ServiceControl fails to start and the logs contain a Microsoft.Isam.Esent.Interop.EsentDatabaseDirtyShutdownException run Esent Recovery against the ServiceControl database followed by an Esent Repair.

  1. Open an elevated command prompt and navigate to the ServiceControl database directory (the default is %PROGRAMDATA%\Particular\ServiceControl\Particular.ServiceControl\DB)
  2. Run esentutl /r RVN /l "logs" and wait for it to finish
  3. Run esentutl /p Data and wait for it to finish
  4. Restart ServiceControl

Unable to connect to ServiceControl from either ServiceInsight or ServicePulse

  1. Log on to the machine hosting ServiceControl.
  2. Open ServiceControl Management.
  3. Click the on the ServiceControl instance that is running and needs to be examined.
  4. Click the URL under 'Host'. A valid response with JSON data will be received.
  5. If having issues remotely connecting to ServiceControl. Verify that firewall settings do not block access to the ServiceControl port specified in the URL.
Before changing firewall setting to expose ServiceControl read Securing ServiceControl.

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