I've accidentally disable the Central Admin service on my sharepoint server and now I can't find a way to re-activate it. Is there any way to do this using one of the SP command line utilities?

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Should be able to reactivate it through Services under Administrative Tools in the start menu?


James, it's not a Windows service. You have to start it with Powershell:



You should check-out the following:

  • SharePoint 2010 Administration (Run > Services.msc)
  • SharePoint Central Administration v4 application pool (IIS Manager > Application Pool).
  • Check status of SharePoint_AdminContent_ database (if default).

You can describe clearly your error message.

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