Logical Disk Manager (dmserver) Service Defaults in Windows XP

Detects and monitors new hard disk drives and sends disk volume information to Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service for configuration. If this service is stopped, dynamic disk status and configuration information may become out of date. If this service is disabled, any services that explicitly depend on it will fail to start.

Default Settings

Startup type:
Windows XP HomeManual
Windows XP ProfessionalAutomatic
Windows XP Home SP1Manual
Windows XP Professional SP1Automatic
Windows XP Home SP2Manual
Windows XP Professional SP2Automatic
Windows XP Home SP3Manual
Windows XP Professional SP3Automatic
Display name:Logical Disk Manager
Service name:dmserver
Service type:share
Error control:normal
Object:LocalSystem
Path:%SystemRoot%\System32\svchost.exe -k netsvcs
File:%SystemRoot%\System32\dmserver.dll
Registry key:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\dmserver

Default Behavior

Logical Disk Manager is a Win32 service. It won't start until the current user starts it in Windows XP Home, Home SP1, Home SP2, Home SP3. This service is starting automatically along with the operating system in Windows XP Professional, Professional SP1, Professional SP2, Professional SP3. When the Logical Disk Manager service is started, it is running as LocalSystem in a shared process of svchost.exe. Other services and drivers are allowed to run in the same process. If the Logical Disk Manager fails to start, the technical information about the error is added to the Event Log. Windows XP startup should proceed, but a message box should be displayed informing the user that the dmserver service has failed to start.

Dependencies

Logical Disk Manager depends on the following system components:

The Logical Disk Manager Administrative Service depends on Logical Disk Manager.

Restore Default Startup Configuration for Logical Disk Manager

1. Select your Windows XP edition and service pack, and then click Download.

2. Save the WinXP_dmserver_Service_Startup.cmd file to a local storage device.

3. Run the saved file.

4. Restart the computer.

The dmserver service is using the dmserver.dll file that is located in the %WinDir%\System32 folder. If the file is changed, damaged or deleted, you can restore its original version from Windows XP installation media.