How to ensure that service is start after another service

Posted on 2005-03-02
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I have written a Windows Service that relies on SQL Service and 2 other custom services, but on start up, sometimes, my service is started before those ones, and I'm getting errors. Is there a way to enforce a service start only after some other service is started, and similarly, once some other service has been stopped, cascade it on all dependant services.

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heintalus earned 1000 total points
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When you add your installer to your service it has a ServicesDependedOn Property where you can specify other services that yours depends on.

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The information from this property is written to a key in the registry. When the user (or the system, in the case of automatic startup) tries to run the service, the Service Control Manager (SCM) verifies that each of the services in the array has already been started.

If any service in the array is not running then, the SCM tries to start them. This includes services with Manual StartType.

If any service upon which this service depends fails to start, this service will not start.


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Any code examples would be appreciated
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Check out here.

You have to use this property to ensure that particular service had started. Then you can initate to start secound service.

Hope you got it.

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You dont need code to do it, have you added an installer to your service ?

If so open it up & select the serviceInstaller, have a look at it's properties & you will see one called ServicesDepended on which is a string array for all services that it depends upon, simple add the names of any services you want to this array via the properties window, for example if your service depends on Microsoft Message Queueing you'd add in MSMQ i.e. the service name you see if you look at the services properties from within Services.


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