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I am setting up a Windows Server which will have some non-service apps running all the time. Since I don't want to login everytime just to start the apps, I want to use a Service Manager.

Microsoft's srvany is freely available. But do you know of other freeware (preferably, also Open Source) service managers?

I also found this: "NSSM - Non-Sucking Service Manager" ... any experience in using it?

Thanks for your answers.

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Unless it is missing some mandatory functionality you need, I'd suggest using the built-in sc command. You can create your own services within Windows without using third-party utilities.

Edit: Here's a Technet article, courtesy of squillman:

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Can sc make a non-service app into a service? – pepoluan Apr 11 '11 at 12:15
@pepoluan Yes, see this Technet article. – squillman Apr 11 '11 at 13:13

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