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Check if firebird service is installed / running

Hi all,
I m preparing setup package for my vb.net application. This application needs firebird service to be run prior its launch.
Now i have to check if firebird is installed or not?
If installed whether it is running or not? Or is it stopped for now?
If it is stopped, then i have to make firebird service to run.
All these thing i want to do from command prompt..For this i want to write a batch file.
Please help....
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You can get the Firebird service status by running 'sc query "<firebird service name>" ' command. If the firebird service was installed and running, u will get, "STATE              : 4  RUNNING" in result. If Firebird service is not installed, then you will get "EnumQueryServicesStatus:OpenService FAILED" error. Using this you can check the Firebird service.

You can start it by "net start <service name>" command.

Hope the above commands helps.
Nick UpsonPrincipal Operations EngineerCommented:
it is however, worse than that. how about if firebird is already installed but a different version for a different application.
If you can use the embedded firebird server, this is installed with your application and is run via dll from your app
DeskShareAuthor Commented:
Whenever i try running - "sc query 'FirebirdGuardianDefaultInstance'"
it gives me error - 'sc' is not recognized as an internal or external command,
                              operable program or batch file.

M using Win 2000. Is this the problem?

PLease help me out...
So that i can create a batch file, which will check if Firebird service is installed/running?
sc command is available in Windows XP. For checking in service in Windows, you can either check registry entry for the service or use the net command.

Using net command, try start the service by "net start FirebirdGuardianDefaultInstance" command.

If service not installed, it will give "The service name is invalid." message.
If service is installed and started already, then it will give "The requested service has already been started." message.
If service is installed and not started, it will start the service.

You can workaround this using the above method.
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