At a server:
Use the net pause command before stopping a service to let users complete jobs or disconnect
from resources. Pausing a service puts it on hold but doesn't remove the software
from memory. Users who already have a connection to the resource are able to
finish their tasks, but new connections to the resource are prevented.
If you plan to stop a service that affects shared resources, first pause the
service. Then, using the net send command, broadcast a message that the service will be stopped. After
sufficient time for people to finish using the resource, stop the service using the net stop command.
To reactivate a service that has been paused, use the net continue command.
At a client:
Use the net pause and net continue commands to switch between network printers and printers attached to your
At both a server and a client:
Not all services can be paused.
Pausing affects the Windows NT services in the following ways:
Pausing the Net Logon service prevents the computer from processing logon
requests. If the domain has other logon servers, users can still log on to the
Pausing the Server service prevents users from making new connections to the
server's shared resources and, if there are no other logon servers on the
network, from logging on to the network. An existing connection is unaffected.
Administrators can make connections to the server even if it is paused.
Pausing the Workstation service keeps the username, password, and connections
defined, but directs requests for print devices to printers attached to the
computer rather than to printers connected to the network.
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