A great free tool from Sysinternals (now owned by Microsoft) is the psexec program. With psexec you can run programs on other computers and it supports full interaction with remote command prompts. This allows you, for example, to start or stop Windows Services by running the "NET START" or "NET STOP" command.
I always create a new user on the computer I want to access with psexec and name it psexec as well. I give this user administrator privileges so it can do "whatever I want". This step may not be necessary, see the psexec help (just run psexec without parameters).
Control a Service on another machine
Okay, lets assume I want to stop the WatchDirectory task "unzipbiggies" that runs as a Service on computer \\Test01.
First, you need to know that when WatchDirectory creates a Windows Service, the Service name is prefixed with "watchDirectory:",
so the actual Windows Service name for the task "unzipbiggies" is "watchDirectory:unzipbiggies".
WatchFTP prefixes Service names with the string "WatchFTP:".
First we need to open a command prompt on the remote computer:
C:\Users\gert>e:\bin\psexec.exe \\Test01 -u psexec -p topsecret cmd
This assumes you created a user "psexec" with password "topsecret" on the \\Test01 computer.
After a while this opens a command prompt on the remote computer, but it shows on your computer. Enter the following command to see all running Windows Services (including the WatchDirectory and WatchFTP services):
C:\Users\gert>NET START These Windows services are started: ... snipped a lot of services.... Terminal Services Themes UPnP Device Host User Profile Service watchDirectory:unzipbiggies wdPostMan WebClient Windows Audio Windows Audio Endpoint Builder ... snipped a lot of services.... The command completed successfully.
To stop the WatchDirectory task, enter
C:\Users\gert>NET STOP "watchDirectory:unzipbiggies"
To start the task again, enter
C:\Users\gert>NET START "watchDirectory:unzipbiggies"
There are a lot of other things you can do with psexec. For example when a file is detected by WatchDirectory on "this" computer, let psexec run a command on another computer. You get the idea, I guess.