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Service installed using instsrv & srvany does not function

jt_74 asked
Last Modified: 2012-06-27
I have an application installed as a service on windows 2003 server sp1.  I used the instsrv & srvany from the win2003 resource kit to install the service.  I can see the application start up in the task manager, however nothing happens.  I can tell if the application is running because it opens a database connection and writes to a log file.  It does neither when started as a service.  It runs properly if I just double click the application alone.  

I work for a software company, and we use srvany to run a server application as a service for many customers.  I have it successfully running on windows 2000 servers, 1 windows 2003 server (without SP1).  I think it has to do with tighter process security with sp1.  

I installed the service while logged on to the server with remote desktop using an account with administrator rights.  The server is not a domain controller.  
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Top Expert 2006

does your service depend on anything else? had a similar issue with an SQL program and it was service dependencies in the end


I checked out all running services on another windows 2003 server that is running this service successfully and everything checks out.  It does not appear there are any service dependancies that are not already running.  
Top Expert 2006

apologies for leaving you on this one mate, completely forgot about it - had some funny issues with exchange about a month ago....

do you get any errors in your logs when the service starts?


My apologies for not updating the question.  I resolved it myself.  I did not realize that the account running the service needs to either be an administrative account or the service account.  I was using another account.  I just assumed that since I received no errors/warnings of any kind that I could use any account I wanted to run the service.  It was also handy since I preferred using windows authentication for the database connections.  

Top Expert 2006

ah good stuff my friend!

u can just post a 0 point question in community support asking for the question to be closed as your resolved yourself

just make sure you include a link to this Q


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