Windows Servers: Manually removing services
Last review: April 8, 2011
Description: CONTENTdm creates services corresponding to the search engine and the job scheduler. It is possible to remove these services manually at the command line.
The "bin\manageCdmServices.exe" script creates, removes, starts and stops two or more Windows services ("CONTENTdm Search" and "CONTENTdm Monitor"). The script always operates on all of the services simultaneously. In some cases, it may be convenient to remove only one of the services. This can be done at the command line as follows:
1. In the CONTENTdm Server installation, change directory to
2. Stop the "CONTENTdm Search" service by executing the following:
net stop "CONTENTdm Search"
3. Remove the same service by executing the following:
instsrv "CONTENTdm Search" REMOVE
The service can then be re-created using manageCdmServices.exe as described in the Administration Guide: http://www.contentdm.org/USC/guides
If you are experiencing difficulties on an earlier version of CONTENTdm, your issue may have been fixed by a later release.
See CONTENTdm Downloads and Add-ons.