Start service remotely via script

Alex Warren 161 Reputation points

Hey all,

I am trying to figure out how to start services remotely via a PS script. I have a good 40ish computers that need a service started, and I don't wanna go to each one individually. I have used ForEach scripts in the past for certian PS functions, but this is my first time messing with services, and apparantly you can't use -tosession as part of the command.

My origional script looks like this:
$computers = get-content C:\Users\user\Desktop\computers.csv

ForEach ($computer in $computers) {

$session = New-PSSession -ComputerName $computer

Set-Service -name service -StartupType Automatic -ToSession $session


However, I'm getting this error:

"Set-Service : A parameter cannot be found that matches parameter name 'ToSession'."

I was thinking of piping the commands via an enter-pssession, but my last attempt at that was bad and looked like this:

enter-pssession -computername $computer | set-service -name service -startuptype automatic

Any and all help would be appreciated.

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  1. MotoX80 32,526 Reputation points

    Or this...

     ForEach ($computer in $computers) {
        Set-Service -name Your-Service -StartupType Automatic -ComputerName $computer

    Note that the script will only configure the start type and not actually start the service. To start you need to run:

    ForEach ($computer in $computers) {
        Get-Service -name YourServiceName -ComputerName $computer | Start-Service 

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  1. Andreas Baumgarten 100.3K Reputation points MVP

    Hi @Alex Warren ,

    maybe this helps:

    $Cred = Get-Credential  
    foreach ($computer in $computers) {  
        Invoke-Command -ComputerName $computer -Credential $Cred -ScriptBlock {  
            Set-Service -Name service -StartupType Automatic  


    (If the reply was helpful please don't forget to upvote and/or accept as answer, thank you)

    Andreas Baumgarten

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