Create dummy service for port status check

Posted on 2015-02-05
Last Modified: 2015-02-13
Hello EE,

I want to create a service that runs any old exe for the purpose of queuing a status for another peice of hardware. In essence , this service will run on port 5555 if disabled , it will invoke an event on another piece of hardware .

I will use the sc create " Some Service" binpath= " C:\path\some.exe" . I tried to create a dummy.exe and save n notepad as "dummy.exe" but the service will fail on start up .. Is there way to do a quick compile for any old exe that will start the service

This is windows 2012 server 64bit
Question by:davesnb
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ok great , I have this installed as a service , however I need it to listen on port 5555
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Michael74 earned 500 total points
ID: 40599464
Here is a tutorial that has the code you can integrate into your service to listen on a selected port

For example

using System;
using System.ServiceProcess;
using System.Diagnostics;
using System.Text;
using System.Net.Sockets;
using System.Threading;
using System.Net;

namespace MyService
    public class MyService : ServiceBase
		private TcpListener tcpListener;
		private Thread listenThread;
		public MyService()

        protected override void OnStart(string[] args)
            this.EventLog.WriteEntry("MyService Service Has Started");
			this.tcpListener = new TcpListener(IPAddress.Any, 5555);
			this.listenThread = new Thread(new ThreadStart(ListenForClients));

        protected override void OnStop()
            this.EventLog.WriteEntry("MyService Service Has Stopped");

        private void InitializeComponent()
            this.ServiceName = "MyService";
            this.CanStop = true;
            this.AutoLog = false;
            this.EventLog.Log = "Application";
            this.EventLog.Source = "MyService";
		private void ListenForClients()

		  while (true)
			//blocks until a client has connected to the server
			TcpClient client = this.tcpListener.AcceptTcpClient();

			//create a thread to handle communication 
			//with connected client
			Thread clientThread = new Thread(new ParameterizedThreadStart(HandleClientComm));
		private void HandleClientComm(object client)
		  TcpClient tcpClient = (TcpClient)client;
		  NetworkStream clientStream = tcpClient.GetStream();

		  byte[] message = new byte[4096];
		  int bytesRead;

		  while (true)
			bytesRead = 0;

			  //blocks until a client sends a message
			  bytesRead = clientStream.Read(message, 0, 4096);
			  //a socket error has occured

			if (bytesRead == 0)
			  //the client has disconnected from the server

			//message has successfully been received
			ASCIIEncoding encoder = new ASCIIEncoding();
			System.Diagnostics.Debug.WriteLine(encoder.GetString(message, 0, bytesRead));


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Author Comment

ID: 40600685
I am not having much luck building this, I think this is more to do with me being a newbie to programming and visual studio . is it possible to build this for me ?

Author Closing Comment

ID: 40607717
Good walk through

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