Friday, July 16, 2010

How to Delegate Services control in Windows

Microsoft offers a very helpful document here and here detailing how to use subinacl to give control over a service to a user. Unfortunately, they’ve not updated that article in quite some time, and it’s now out of date: beginning with Windows Server 2003 SP1, authenticated users no longer can enumerate services.
While that’s a good thing, it renders the solution presented by Microsoft only partially complete.
So we’ll correct that, going through all the steps that are necessary to give an (otherwise) unprivileged user permissions to control any given services through the services control panel. This will work on Windows Server through v2008 R2.