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DS Role Server

General Information

This service is new for Windows 8.

Windows 8

Default Description

This service hosts the DS Role Server.

Additional Information

This service is not installed by default and should not be installed on a “home” system. You can add or remove this service by heading to:

  1. Head to Start
  2. Select Control Panel
  3. Select Programs
  4. Select Programs and Features
  5. Select Turn Windows Features on or off

Default Startup Type

Windows 8 x86 Not Available
Windows 8 x64 Not Available
Windows 8 Pro x86 Not installed (Manual)
Windows 8 Pro x64 Not installed (Manual)
Windows 8 Enterprise x86 Not installed (Manual)
Windows 8 Enterprise x64 Not installed (Manual)

Service Names

Service Name (registry): DsRoleSvc
Display Name: DS Role Server

Default Path and Command Line Options


Log On As

Account: Local System account


Note: No dependencies are listed for any service in the WDP build I used to draft this information.

Additional Reading

None at this time.