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  1. #1
    Tim Bankerd
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    Setting an App as a Service

    Hello Group,
    I have just entered into the world of NT4.0 Server. Being a newbie, I can't find a reference in any of my books that tells me how to set an application to run as a service. I need to set Outlook and several other applications to start if the computer does an unattended boot. I'm using Service Pack 4.

    Thanks in advance,

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    Uranium Lounger
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    Re: Setting an App as a Service

    If you simply need the applications to start, add them to the start menu'ds Startup folder. There are two: the currently logged in user's startup, and All Users. Their functions are simple, the current user's startup group only launches the programs it contains if that user logs in. The All Users folder executes no matter who logs in.

    There's also the Default User, which contains the data that you want any *new* user logging in to obtain. Anything there will be copied to the new user's profile when it is created.

    There is a way to run an application as a true service, but from your description that's not really what you need - correct me if I'm wrong. Place shortcuts to the programs you need in the appropriate directory.

    The full path for these would be:
    %SystemRoot%Profiles%User%Start MenuProgramsStartup
    -Mark

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    Tim Bankerd
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    Re: Setting an App as a Service

    Hello Mark,
    I need some of the programs to run as services. The startup will work for some also. Would you give me the instructions necessary to set up an application as a "True Service"?

    Thanks for taking the time to help,

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    Re: Setting an App as a Service

    Rather than myself giving you instructions, let me point you to a Microsoft article that details how to do this. You'll need the Windows NT Resources Kit to accomplish this, unless some other lounger knows how to do it without the tools that it contains.

    Microsoft details how to <A target="_blank" HREF=http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q137/8/90.asp>create a user defined service</A> much better than I could do. And their information is supportable <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>.

    > Thanks for taking the time to help
    My pleasure!
    -Mark

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    Tim Bankerd
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    Re: Setting an App as a Service

    Hey Mark,
    Thanks for the information. I did a few searches and found the needed files and the article from MS on "how to" explains the rest.

    Thanks for your help,

    Tim Bankerd

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