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Windows Server 2008: Trouble running batch file as service

I need to run "C:\bat\runme.bat" in the background.  It is NOT

I tried this:
sc create customws binPath= "C:\custom\runme.bat" type= own

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That successfully adds it to the list of webservices but when I click: "Start" I get an error:

Windows could not start the customws service on local computer.

Error 1053: The service did not respond to the start or control request in a timely fashion
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sc.exe only creates the entry for the Service Manager, nothing more. It does not do any magical transformation of a batch file into a Windows service.
To run a program (in this case cmd.exe running a batch file) as a service that was not developed as a service, you need a wrapper that presents itself as a service and runs the program.
For W2k3, there was SrvAny.exe in the Resource Kit (http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=17657); it should still work on W2k8 (though only in 32bit) but the better solution is the "Non-Sucking Service Manager" from http://nssm.cc/
Download it and follow the instructions to let your batch file run as a service.
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