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Service control manager

Service control manager definition

Service control manager (SCM) is a component that facilitates Windows operating systems with launching and stopping various system services, some of which are closely related to security.

See also: software-defined security

Common types of service control managers:

  • Local system SCM: Local system managers manage individual Windows systems. They ensure boot-up processes run smoothly, as well as monitor processes for known anomalies or various failures.
  • Network service control manager: On more extensive networks, SCMs manage services of multiple machines. That allows the establishment of centralized control of services and reduces processing times.
  • Group policy-based SCM: In enterprise environments, group policy SCMs allow administrators to manage operations in computers tied to one particular domain, ensuring consistency and compliance with the various organizational policies.