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Net Pause--Notes

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 workstation.

At both a server and a client:


ntcmds00000002.gif Not all services can be paused.

Pausing affects the Windows NT services in the following ways:

ntcmds00000002.gif 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 network.

ntcmds00000002.gif 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.

ntcmds00000002.gif 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.

See Also

ntcmds00000001.gif Net Continue

ntcmds00000001.gif Net Start

ntcmds00000001.gif Net Stop

ntcmds00000001.gif Net Use

More Information About Net Pause

ntcmds00000001.gif Net Pause--Example

ntcmds00000001.gif Net Pause


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