Timed out waiting for service to stop


You received an error "Timed out waiting for service to stop" when deploying or scanning a target. You may also see the same target that has this error in Deploy seemingly get stuck with a status of preparing in Inventory or vice versa.


This is a target side error when preparing the target. When in the preparing stage the folder structures and services are prepared to carry out the deployment of the scan. It is likely a service or file handle on the target is hung.

Be sure the target meets the minimum requirements found at https://www.pdq.com/system-requirements/. Then reboot the target and retry the deployment/scan.

If the error continues, open the Admin$ of the target from the console machine running PDQ using the same scan/deploy credentials, and ensure you can create and delete a test file or folder without error.

See Also:

Article - How It Works: PDQ Deploy

Article - How It Works: PDQ Inventory

Web - PDQ System Requirements

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