Installing a Service on a Windows Server

Web application developers will eventually at some point need to install a service on a server that is running their system.  It seems like something only an administrator can do, but it isn’t a difficult or lengthy task.

To begin, copy the exe and app.config files of your program into a benign folder of the server.

Then, copy the InstallUtil.exe file into the same directory of your program.  The InstallUtil.exe file is in the %windir%\Microsoft.Net\Framework\<DotNetVersion> folder of the server.

Open a command line window and navigate to the above folder.  Then simply type InstallUtil <file name>.exe.

If  reinstalling a program, you need to precede the above command with

InstallUtil -u <file name>.exe


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