Windows Service Programming, Debugging, Installing in C#.Net (

Learn Windows Service programming on Microsoft Windows in C# .Net, service debugging techniques in Visual Studio

Created by: Naeem Akram

Produced in 2022

What you will learn

  • Create new Windows Services in C# .Net which run in background
  • Debug & Maintain Existing Windows Services in C#
  • Use Apache Log4Net logging library in a C# Project
  • Use InnoSetup to create setup installer for installing Windows Services on non production machines

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Overall Score : 88 / 100

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Course Description

This course teaches you how to create Windows service in Visual Studio in C# .Net. Multiple techniques to debug a Windows Service in Visual Studio. Windows Services are a key component of the Microsoft Windows operating system.
The course is divided in various sections.
Introduction to Windows Service Programming in C#
You will learn the definition and anatomy of a Windows Service application. In the past NT service was the term used for a WIndows Service. You will also understand the difference between a Windows Service and other application types like console application. This section is not dependent on any programming language like C#.Net or C++. You will learn what is Windows Service Control Manager(SCM) and how to run it from the run prompt. SCM shows a Windows Services List.
Windows Service Programming in C# .Net Primer
In section two you will create a new Windows Service project in Visual Studio, and utilize installutil to install or uninstall a Windows Service. InstallUtil comes bundled with .Net framework. I'll show you what is Windows Service Control Manager. What are Windows Service statuses, login types, and service startup types. A Windows server service is same like a Windows NT service.
After this you will open the Windows Event Viewer to see the events generated by your newly born service.
Windows Service Debugging Techniques in Visual Studio and C# .Net
In section three you will learn how to debug a C# .Net based Windows Service program in Visual Studio.
Techniques for setting breakpoints and getting inside the C# .Net code to add watches for debugging purposes will be shown.
You will also see how to integrate Apache Log4Net logging library into your C# .Net Windows Service project. Apache Log4Net is a free & open source library and it lets you generate rolling log file, it is based on Log4J library.
Practical usages of Windows Service
In the next section you will look into a few real world scenarios like a file synchronization Windows service with FileSystemWatcher and a periodic data update service(similar to an ETL) with System.Threading.Timer. File sync type services were once very popular among password synchronization applications for updating domain passwords into online portals based on password filter related events.
Advanced Windows Service Programming
Next section is about topics like changing values in Windows Service configuration(app.config) and using .Net framework ServiceController class. In this section we are going to create an admin application for a Windows Service. This application will have the ability to start/stop a service and get service status as well. We will use C# .Net and WinForms for this purpose. The concepts shown herein will be applicable to WPF applications as well.
Installing a Windows Service with Inno Setup
Last section was added on student demand. It is about creating an installer to install Windows Service on a client machine. We will use free software InnoSetup for this purpose. I'll show you how to use SC.exe to perform various Windows Service control related operations from the command line. It is mandatory to know how to create windows service command line using SC command. I also show you how to install a windows service without installutil.
Creating & maintaining Windows Services in C# .Net is very easy as compared to C++ based services. Windows Services are run not only on Windows Servers, but on desktop machines as well. Their usefulness is universal.
Windows Services are an advanced C# and OS concept. I learned Windows Service programming the hard way, on my own. You sir! can take advantage of my experience and learn it quickly by joining this course. Sign up and I will see you inside!Who this course is for:
  • Fresh or experienced programmers with little to no experience in C# .Net Windows Service programming
  • Programming students who want to learn how background services work

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Naeem Akram

I am A person with many talents and interests, ranging from gardening to programming and poetry to cooking.
I've been writing computer software code(C++, C# .Net) since 2006, creating awesome Android apps since 2012. I've been working as a freelance software developer since Nov. 2012.
I've extensively worked on network communications, computer telephony integration(CTI) using Microsoft TAPI 2.x and 3.x, and LDAP server programming(Active Directory). Android app development has been my focus as a freelancer, I've created and published several apps for clients and a couple for myself on Google Play store.
I've been sharing my knowledge through my blogs, and I am confident its time share more things that I've experienced with the world in a comprehensive video format.



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Naeem covered a lot of material very concisely. He did a great job explaining the concepts. I really enjoyed the course.

This is definitely a crash course, and in that regard, it's effective. There were a couple of spots where some direction was missing, the solution wasn't too difficult to infer, but this and other details contribute to an overall feeling that the production of this course was rushed.

coinciso, svela anche utili trucchi, sono soddisfatto.

Very informative course which cuts right to the heart of practical service programming usage and installation.

The course is good starting point for Windows Service programming

I thought the course was good. It got to the point very quickly and then proceeded with some good samples.

Good course, lots of good information to get you started programing windows service.

He aprendido lo bsico para empezar a hacer mis propios servicios. Recomendable.

The course covered the main topics and was easy to understand. What I was missing were the basics about how to communicate with the service eg. from a Windows form beyond just starting/stopping it or getting the status.

This course for beginner only, not for Pro user, disappointed!!

Pense que tendria cosas mas avanzadas

excelent course