Suspend Service - PowerShell


Suspend-Service is a powerful PowerShell command that allows you to temporarily stop a running service without completely terminating it. This is useful for maintenance tasks, debugging, or troubleshooting issues with running services.


Suspend-Service [-Name] <ServiceName> [-ComputerName] <ComputerName> [-Confirm] [-WhatIf] [-Credential] <PSCredential>


  • -Name: Specifies the name of the service to suspend.
  • -ComputerName: Specifies the computer where the service is running. Defaults to the local computer.
  • -Confirm: Prompts for confirmation before suspending the service.
  • -WhatIf: Shows what would happen if the command were executed without actually making any changes.
  • -Credential: Specifies a PSCredential object for authenticating to the remote computer.


Example 1: Suspend a specific service on the local computer

Suspend-Service -Name "MyService"

Example 2: Suspend a service on a remote computer

Suspend-Service -Name "MyService" -ComputerName "RemoteComputer"

Example 3: Suspend a service with confirmation

Suspend-Service -Name "MyService" -Confirm

Common Issues

  • Ensure that you have sufficient permissions to suspend the service.
  • Verify that the service is running before trying to suspend it.
  • If the service is dependent on other services, they may also need to be suspended.


Suspend-Service can be used in conjunction with various scripting and automation tools. For example:

  • Create a script to automatically suspend multiple services during a maintenance window.
  • Use a loop to suspend all services starting with a specific prefix.
  • Get-Service: Retrieves information about services on the local or remote computers.
  • Resume-Service: Resumes a suspended service.
  • Stop-Service: Completely terminates a running service.