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Hosting in Windows services


I created a web service that I want to host in windows service. The
problem is that if I host it as windows service it does not use the
configuration file. I have to define the binding, endpoint etc.
programmatically in the Program.cs file.

Any idea what I might be doing wrong?


Jun 27 '08 #1
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Hi Manjree,

From your description, you're using windows service to host a WCF service,
however, you found that the windows hosted WCF service can not use
configuration file to do the service & endpoint configuration ,correct?

Based on my research, windows service hosted WCF service also read
configuration from the app.config file. I've also performed test through
the approach mentioend in the following MSDN reference:

#How to: Host a WCF Service in a Managed Windows Service

the steps are as below:

** create a C# .NET windows service project

** add WCF service interface/class in it (also with the system.serviceModel
configuration in the windows service project's app.config file)

** add code to create servicehost in windows service's "OnStart" event, and
close it in "OnEnd" event.

** add a installer class for the windows service

** install the windows service via "installutil.exe" from visual studio
command prompt

after the above, when I start the windows service from mmc console, I can
correctly visit the meta data(wsdl) page and call it from other application.

For your scenario, are you also using the built-in project type to create
the windows service? Or is there anything different here?

If there is anything I missed, please feel free to post here.


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Subject: Hosting in Windows services
Date: Wed, 21 May 2008 07:15:04 -0700

I created a web service that I want to host in windows service. The
problem is that if I host it as windows service it does not use the
configuration file. I have to define the binding, endpoint etc.
programmatically in the Program.cs file.

Any idea what I might be doing wrong?



Jun 27 '08 #2

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