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Windows Service

Posted on 2004-04-08
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Everytime I build and deploy my windows service I have to redo the required username and password for it to run.

Is there anyway to supply these values programmatically so I don't have to keep typing them in?
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Question by:knowlton
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Yes, I believe you can...

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/cpref/html/frlrfsystemserviceprocessserviceaccountclasstopic.asp

You need to build an installer app, but it lets you specificy the account to use when the service is installed.
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This is how you'd do that...

Double click on your service to go to "design view" or select the YourServiceFile.cs file from Solution Explorer and press SHIFT+F7.
Go to View > Properties Window (F4).
The properties window'll have a link "Add Installer" to add installer.
Click the link and few moments later, .net IDE will have "ProjectInstaller.cs" file in the solution explorer.
This installer will have two components: "serviceProcessInstaller1" and "YOUR_SERVICE_NAME_Installer"
Right click on "serviceProcessInstaller1" and select Properties.
One of the properties for this object of type "ServiceProcessInstaller" is Account. This is an enumerated list containing "LocalService", "NetworkService", "LocalSystem" and "User". Select "User" from this drop-down.
Then you'll have to programmatically edit the "UserName" and "Password" properties for serviceProcessInstaller1 as neither username nor password are visible in propertie page.

hope this helps
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by:AdrianJMartin
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During Development -- Create the installer once and install it, set the password and username etc. But instead the uninstall/reinstall : Stop the service, and copy or move the executable( and other assemblies (dlls/exes)) from the Debug or Release folder to the programs install location Program Files->Company Name->application or whatever the installer is set to place it. Restart the service. Much quicker then unstalling and reinstalling.......
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by:knowlton
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actually....I have the uninstall and install running in a batch file......works pretty fast.
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by:knowlton
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malharone:  Your suggestion worked just fine.  I no longer have to provide UserName and Password.....very nice.....that was getting a bit tedious.

Tom
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