Run as a Service on MS Server 2008 r2 (how to)


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How to Run BTsync as a service

I Verified this works on both

MS server 2008 r2

MS server 2012 r2


1. Install BTSync on the server

2. Set up the shares the way you want them

3. *Un*check the settings “Show notifications”

4. *Un*check the settings “Start BTsync when windows starts”

5.Download server 2003 resource kit from MS

6. Extract to a folder of your choosing on the server. I used “C:\SRL_service\”


7.From a cmd window

CD C:\SRL_service

InstSrv BTSync_SRL C:\SRL_service\srvany.exe

Close cmd window

8. Regedit.exe (Make a registry backup first)


                New Key Parameters

                New String Value inside Parameters


Value:”C:Programfiles(x86)\Bittorent Sync\btsync.exe”


9. Exit btsync manually in the OS if it’s running

10. Open Services window: Services.msc

find the service BTsync_SRL Properties

                Log on tab

                This Account .\Administrator


11. Start the service.

12. To test it Restart the server and do not log in to the server.

13. Check the active transfers from a different connected BTsync client. 


Note: If you need to manage btsync to add or remove a share.  You'll need to stop the service running and open it manually on the server, make the change, close it and then start the service again.


Hopefully they will add the run as a service feature soon, but untill then this hack works for me.


Good Luck.


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  • 1 month later...



First, thanks a lot, is an excelente manual.


In the 1st point, is important to say, install btsync with the user that you will put en the "log on" tab on the service window in the 10th point.


Because, the configuration is per user, not for all in the machine.


Again, thanks a lot!

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  • 4 months later...

That is a good option. Another option is to just set your Windows desktop or server to autologin with your user account (you can use microsoft/sysinternals "autologin" tool to set that up) and put a batch file in your user's startup folder to lock the screen. That's what I do because I have several other user specific programs I want to have up all the time without having to run as a service.

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